The sad demise of an historic building.
This is the grand and historic Courthouse in the city of Pittsboro, North Carolina. It had the distinction of being just one of three such buildings in the state that were built in the center of town in the middle of a traffic circle.
The town of Carthage, in the county of Moore (where I live), boasts one also. It was constructed of Indiana Limestone in 1922 and still stands proudly in the center, with traffic flowing around all four sides.
But back to Pittsboro. Just last week a fire erupted in the bell tower of the courthouse and smoke billowed in the air. It was seen for miles and the hope was that it could be contained there.
But, sadly, this was not to be. The fire took hold and the entire building was engulfed in a matter of hours.
You can see in the picture that the courthouse was undergoing some extensive exterior repairs. The cause of the fire is now thought to be from a soldering iron used by a worker. It doesn‘t seem possible that so much damage could be caused by that one item but I guess it did… and another piece of our history has gone down in flames.