A fire at Mount Olive Town Hall on Monday has caused an estimated $100,000 in damages that could take months to repair.
Town leaders are now looking to move some government offices elsewhere while trying to keep town business running smoothly.
“Thank God no one was injured or hurt with this fire,” said Mount Olive Mayor Kenneth Talton.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Labor Day, Mount Olive police officers found thick smoke pouring from the roof of Town Hall. “We saw smoke easing out under the eaves of the building, we felt like we may have had a fire possibly up in the attic,” said Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins. “It was eventually located in the front lobby area.” A fire had broken out in the office of the Town Manager’s secretary. After about 15 minutes, firefighters were able to bring the flames under control – and were left to survey the damage.