Mitchell courthouse closed Thursday, Friday

Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 08:46:15-04

The Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore will remain closed for the rest of the week after a fire broke out in the basement.

Officials announced that the courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday and arrangements have been made to relocate cases and court services to the Courthouse East building across the street.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary said there is no information on when the courthouse will re-open.

Firefighters controlled the fire in about an hour Tuesday. The Baltimore Sun reports that BGE spokesman Aaron Koos says a broken water pipe caused a short and fire that burned the cable connected to BGE's underground vault.

The fire broke out as a hearing was being held on extending voting time. That hearing was moved to the sidewalk and then a garage.

Court officials say all parties should check to see if their proceedings have been moved to Courthouse East.

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