Houston County Courthouse Annex

An early morning fire at the Houston County Courthouse Annex forced officials to close while crews clean up.

The blaze forced court officials to delay Monday's start of a murder trial until Tuesday.

Investigators believe a burglar broke into the annex shortly before 3 a.m. Monday and used an accelerant to set at least three small fires.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said the burglar did vandalize an X-ray machine used by security personnel. Investigators said an accelerant was poured into the device.

Police have not made an arrest.


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