- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SPARTA, Ga. (AP) - Hancock County officials are searching for temporary office space after a historic courthouse was gutted by a fire.

The county’s commissioners may agree Wednesday to lease space from Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s branch in Sparta for $1 a year. WMAZ-TV reports that all county business is at a standstill after Monday’s early morning fire (https://on.wmaz.com/1l2pNFQ ).

One commissioner says people who have to pay bills may get a grace period. The county clerk says employees still will be paid.

State authorities have said the fire caused about $5.5 million in damage to the Hancock County Courthouse which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cause of the fire is undetermined and no evidence of foul play was found.


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