Fire At Mandeville Court Started In Judge’s Chamber, “All Files Burnt”- Mayor

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7 am Update: The Mayor of Mandeville, Donovan Mitchell says the early morning fire at the Courthouse in the parish capital started in a judge’s office on the upper floor.

The fire started sometime after 4 am.

Mayor Mitchell who was on the scene spoke with Nationwide News a short while ago.

Donovan Mitchell, Mayor of Mandeville.

It’s understood two units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade responded to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Director of Communications at the Court Management Services Kadiesh Fletcher says all matters that were scheduled for today at the Mandeville Court House will not be heard.

Kadiesh Fletcher, Director of Communications at the Court Management Services speaking with Nationwide News moments ago.

MAIN STORY: A section of the Mandeville Court House in Manchester has been destroyed by fire.

Nationwide understands the front of the building was seen on fire just after 4 this morning.

It’s understood two units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade responded to the blaze.

The blaze is now under control.

Photo: Jamaica Gleaner

It’s understood the damage may be significant.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

An investigation is underway.

We’ll have more details as it becomes available.


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In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.


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