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Leader photo by JESSICA DARDEN

Just after 8 a.m. today sirens were heard throughout downtown Ruston as the Ruston Fire Department responded to the Lincoln Parish Courthouse for suspected smoke on the third floor of the building.

Public Information Officer Eric Brazzel said the blower motor of a heating unit on the third floor of the building malfunctioned causing smoke and fumes to move throughout the third floor.

“A full evacuation was enacted in order to protect the safety of the public and the workers until the issue was resolved,” Brazzel said.

All workers were allowed back into the courthouse by 9:15 a.m.

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