Someone passing by the building called 911 about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night to report smoke coming from the building.
Fire crews found that the fire started upstairs in the old courtroom. The fire climbed up a wall, into the attic and spread to the rest of the building, causing the roof to cave in. The cause of the fire was unknown Wednesday night
The Oscoda County Sheriff Office posted to Facebook the following:
As many of you already know our Courthouse, the original white courthouse has burnt. It does appear that it is a total loss, but the walls are still standing. Our Area Fire Depts did a fabulous job of saving what they could but it is unknown what was damaged in the main office areas to include the Clerk/Register of Deeds, Treasurer Office, Equalization, County IT, and the MDOC Offices.
No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one has been injured while fighting the fire tonight. Thank God!
The County will be meeting tomorrow to decide on many things, much of which will be the possibility of relocating the offices involved and we ask for your patience.
Also, with the building being damaged we ask that you respect the safety of everyone and stay clear of the area when able and allow the crews on scene to investigate, fight the fire and keep those around the area safe.
We will try to give more info in the morning when some decisions are made.
We are a STRONG COMMUNITY and we will get through this lose!!!
Thank you-Sheriff Kevin Grace
The courthouse was built in 1888. It has been a National Historic Place since 1972.
Fire investigators are classifying the cause of the incident as undetermined with no evidence of criminal activity.