PITTSBORO --It's a story that stunned a community as the historic Chatham county courthouse went up in flames, Thursday evening. Just three days after the fire, crews were allowed inside the building Sunday and were able to recover dozens of historic artifacts.
Firefighters and members of the Chatham County Historical Association went inside Sunday afternoon to assess the damage.
Once inside crews found great news, documents and artifacts in the Courthouse's Museum were still intact.
Crews immediately went to work, carrying out dozens of artifacts that looked practically untouched.
"I think we're going to be able to save a lot but it's gonna need a lot of work because everything is damp," Historical Association member Kenneth Crabtree said. "It looks a mess in there because the ceiling fans have falling out of the grid."
One particular item the association was very worried about was in good condition Sunday night.
The item is a Masonic apron that was used in the 1800s, as a badge of honorable labor.
All of the artifacts were placed in a moving truck and will be cooled or frozen--to prevent mold growth.