The aftermath of a May 2009 fire which de-
stroyed the Jefferson County Courthouse
(Madison, Ind.) – Two local businesses are being named in a lawsuit connected to the massive 2009 fire which destroyed the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison.
Workers were completing renovations to the courthouse’s roof when it caught fire that May. The blaze gutted the historic building.
Jefferson County Commissioners approved and filed the lawsuit in Jefferson Superior Court according to the Madison Courier.
Named in the suit are Innovative Roofing Solutions Inc. of Sunman, Gutapfel Roofing of Batesville, and Teton Corp. of Madison.
In the suit, the county argues a Gutapfel employee was welding copper downspouts when nearby combustibles were ignited.
The suit alleges gross negligence and breach of warranties and contracts by the three defendants.
Lawyers representing the county said that the county has been unable to reach an out-of-court settlement in the two years since the fire. The deadline to file a lawsuit regarding the incident was May 19 because of a two year statute of limitations.
The lawyers also told the newspaper the damages being sought will likely be in excess of the $7 million the county has paid for repairs.