County Attorney's Office Stays Up, Running

Officials and firefighters were still on site mid-morning Wednesday following the fire. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Officials and firefighters were still on site mid-morning Wednesday following the fire. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Sheridan County Attorney Matt Redle and his staff continued business nearly as usual Wednesday in spite of the predawn fire that ravaged their offices in downtown Sheridan.

County Commissioner Terry Cram said county officials moved quickly to find accommodations.

In the meantime, Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinsky said he had emailed the county attorney offering the use of municipal facilities.

The mayor specifically mentioned the former ambulance bay next to City Hall as one possible site. The commissioner referred to the gesture as a neighborly offer.

Sheridan Fire Chief Terry Lenhardt said fire damage to the first floor and smoke damage throughout the historic building on Brooks Street, which was originally a home, was extensive. The damage, and an ongoing investigation into the cause of the blaze, mean that weeks or months may pass before the building can be used. But the commission chairman remains optimistic.

No injuries were reported from the fire. Authorities suspect arson, but no official ruling has been made pending outcome of the investigation.

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