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A Boone Fire Department ladder truck is deployed to ensure firefighters have access off of the
Watauga County Courthouse roof on Monday. Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2012-11-26 19:28:01
Last modified: 2012-11-26 19:28:01

Smoke, odor reported at courthouse

by Anna Oakes

The Boone Fire Department responded around 6 p.m. Monday to a report of smoke and a light odor on the third floor of the Watauga County Courthouse building.
Boone Fire Marshal Ronnie Marsh said the smoke and odor seemed to be coming from a rooftop HVAC unit, which the department shut down. Marsh said county maintenance employees would investigate the issue further.

A night employee at the county building made the report. The department's ladder truck was deployed to ensure firefighters had access off of the roof if stairwells became impassable, Marsh explained. The building's alarm sounded until firefighters cleared the building.