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A ruptured sprinkler caused extensive damage to the $324 million building that opened last October.

PMG FILE GRAPHIC - Artist rendering of the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse.The new Multnomah County Central Courthouse will be closed until Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the earliest after a ruptured seventh-floor sprinkler caused extensive damage to the recently completed building.

Several floors were flooded on Saturday, Jan. 9, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. The $324 million courthouse opened at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge at 1200 S.W. 1st Ave. last October.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office issued a statement Monday, Jan. 11, saying the courthouse is expected to re-open for public business Jan. 13. All court hearings, including grand jury proceedings, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been canceled will be rescheduled.

The Multnomah County East Courthouse in Gresham, and the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center and the Multnomah County Justice Center will operate as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday.

Cleanup costs are not yet known. The historic 106-year old Multnomah County Courthouse was replaced after it was deemed a seismic risk due to the unreinforced masonry walls.


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