UPDATED: Collin County Courthouse to reopen Oct. 6 following electrical fire

An electrical failure resulted in a fire that shut down the courthouse Oct. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
An electrical failure resulted in a fire that shut down the courthouse Oct. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

An electrical failure resulted in a fire that shut down the courthouse Oct. 4. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the latest information.

The Collin County Courthouse is scheduled to reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The courthouse was closed through Oct. 4 and 5 after experiencing an electrical fire.

At about 7 a.m. Oct. 4, an electrical panel at the courthouse, located at 2100 Bloomdale Road in McKinney, overheated and failed, county Public Information Officer Tim Wyatt said in an email. This resulted in an electrical fire in the breaker panel; however, the fire was contained to the panel, Merit Ossian, McKinney Fire Department public information officer, said in an email.

The fire resulted in many parts of the courthouse being shut down, including escalators, elevators, fire pumps and the air conditioning, Ossian said.


“No one was injured,” Ossian said in the email. “The fire did not set off the fire alarm system. A law officer inside the building smelled smoke and followed it to the source.”

The cause for the fire is still unknown, Wyatt said. Repairs, testing and inspection of the building continued through the evening of Oct. 5. Updates will be posted at www.collincountytx.gov with any changes.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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