Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse.

The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9

Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed flames when the first firefighters arrived on the scene.

Love says firefighters had the fire out by 7 a.m., but the building is a total loss.

Officials say volunteer fire companies from Walthall, Eupora, Mathiston, Cumberland, Clarkson and Belfountain went to the scene. Fire departments from Choctaw and Calhoun Counties also responded as did ladder trucks from Starkville.

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One Response to “Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire”

  1. Faye Says:

    I WAS SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE COURT HOUSE FIRE, AS A CHILD MYSELF AND SISTERS AND COUSIN’S PLAYED HIDING SEAK UNDER THAT COURT HOUSE, I ALSO AS A CHILD GOT TOSSED OUT THE WINDOW FROM THE TOP FLOOR AND MADE IT. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN THERE, I ALSO BOUGHT MY MARRIAGE LICE. THERE IN 1976 AND THEY COST 8.00 AT THAT TIME STILL HAVE THE RECITE AND I AM STILL MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN.

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