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April 18, 2013

UPDATE: Hackel declares local state of emergency after fire at county building

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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UPDATE: Hackel declares local state of emergency after fire at county building
An April 17 electrical fire in the old Macomb County administration building’s basement closed the building until further notice.

MOUNT CLEMENS — The old Macomb County administration building on North Main Street in Mount Clemens will be closed until further notice following an electrical fire in the building’s basement April 17.

Firefighters in Mount Clemens were called to the area after smoke was detected at around 11 a.m., prompting an evacuation. The fire was contained at around 11:30 a.m. and there were no injuries reported.

The office of Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel reports that the building will be closed for the unforeseeable future while the cause of the fire is being determined and while repairs are being done.

On April 18, Hackel signed a local state of emergency declaration that he said will allow him to get the county up and running in a faster manner since the fire caused damage to a key part of the their IT, Internet and phone systems.

“Although this situation will create a temporary disruption of county services, it prompts a tremendous opportunity for us to expedite the process of upgrading our facilities and IT systems,” he said.

Departments in the Administration Building, located at 1 S. Main Street in Mount Clemens, are continuing to operate, some in a limited capacity.

Hackel said plans are now being made to relocate county workers displaced by the fire to other facilities, and county officials are working on purchasing its primary, temporary backup server to get the Macomb County back online, restoring both internet and phone services to their fullest function.

There is still no word on what caused the electrical fire and the extent of the damage

“We ask the public to be patient with us while we assess the damage to our IT, internet and phone systems to determine the extent of damage,” he said.

Hackel said the fire took out the communications systems between the old building and the new administration building and the county courthouse. All phones and computers were down yesterday; however, business transactions can be done at the new building.

 

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.