Police tape surrounded the grounds of the Moose Jaw Court House on the northeast corner of Ominica Street West and First Avenue Northwest Saturday.
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The Queen's Bench courthouse was closed Friday after a portion of the ceiling was found hanging low. The ceiling has since collapsed.
Though initial reports suggested the roof of the courthouse had collapsed, the Times-Herald was able to confirm this was not the case. Instead, the issue involved the building's ceiling.
"Thursday, one of our guys noticed a piece of the suspended ceiling hanging low. They brought in some people from Regina to look at it," said Ron Dedman, deputy minister of central services. "Once our guys looked at it, they said, 'Yes, there is something going on here, but we don't know what it is.'"
The building, which houses the Court of Queen's Bench, was closed Friday. A structural engineer was supposed to come and investigate the ceiling on Monday.
Over the weekend, the suspended ceiling collapsed.
"That ceiling is what has failed," explained Dedman. "When it came down, of course, the water lines and whatever were exposed. It came down, set off the fire alarms, and water (began spraying)."
Dedman said the building had been "stabilized" — the water, gas, and power had been shut off — and nobody is allowed to enter the facility.
"We'll have a structural engineer here later today to look at it," Dedman said. "In the meantime, we'll also relocate the operations to a separate spot."
He said a secondary location for operations was still being discussed, but the five employees would likely move to the courthouse across the street.
Nobody was harmed during the collapse, but the Moose Jaw Police Service are estimating damages to be over $1 million, according to a release.