LOUDON, Tenn. (WATE) – The Loudon County Courthouse caught fire Tuesday evening, according to witnesses and the Lenoir City fire department.
The fire department says it has a crew on scene but would not initially confirm the severity. The historical courthouse was built in 1872.
According to the National Registry of Historic Places, the courhouse was registered as a historic landmark in 1975.
The courthouse, located at 601 Grove St. near Mulberry Street, caught fire sometime Tuesday evening.
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is telling drivers to avoid the area due to road closures. Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw was also at the scene of the fire, holding onto the courthouse flag.
Loudon County mayor @BuddyBradshaw1 holding the retrieved American Flag from the Loudon County Courthouse. It was important to him that it didn’t catch flames. pic.twitter.com/iBdvmh0vVn— Elizabeth Kuebel (@elizabethkuebel) April 24, 2019
WATE 6 On Your Side has a crew on the scene for this developing story. We will update when more information is available.