Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle is hopeful that he and his staff will be able to return to the house on Brooks Street after the structure is repaired. The main floor was damaged by fire, and the rest of the building by water and smoke, in a predawn blaze on Wednesday.
The county attorney has now been able to enter in the building and based on what he saw Thursday, he said the house appeared to be structurally sound.
He doesn't know when he and his staff might be allowed to return, he said, but expects repairs probably will take several months. In the meantime, he and his staff are using offices in both the old and new county courthouses. He said he is looking at the situation as no more than an “inconvenience,” at this point.
He praised his staff for how they have handled the situation.
The county attorney anticipated his offices would have operational phones by today. He said he and his staff have been reconstructing the files they need, on the basis of what they absolutely must have in the short term. He said there were no interruptions in duties for him or his staff, yesterday, and business is moving forward as usual.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. At this time, however, authorities suspect arson.