Gallatin Courthouse fire may have been caused by lightning

New courthouse under construction was the center of an historic downtown renovation

GALLATIN, Tennessee (WDEF) – The City of Gallatin suffered a major setback Sunday night to their plans to bring their downtown back to life.

A major fire caused major damage to the new Sumner County courthouse under construction, northeast of Nashville.

It was the center of a major renovation for the historic area, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from damaging any other buildings.

Officials on Monday said the roof will have to be replaced, with much of the roofing material going up in flames.

But county officials said they are determined to push forward with the project.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the suspect it may have been hit by lightning.

The new courthouse was supposed to open next year, but that will have to be pushed back.

Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt called the fire a tragedy.

“we put a lot of energy and time… in designing this beautiful courthouse downtown.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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