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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Faulty Smoke Detector Leads To Evacuation Of Beaver County Courthouse

The Beaver County Courthouse was evacuated briefly today after a fire alarm went off. County officials tell BeaverCountian.com the false alarm was the result of a faulty smoke detector on the second floor.

The detector was replaced and county employees began reentering the building in under 30 minutes.

“All of our employees were able to evacuate the building quickly,” Commissioner Dan Camp said.

“Whether all employees went where they were supposed to go I don’t know.”

County Commissioners had been urging the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a fire drill for over three years, but they have said since taking office Sheriff Tony Guy has not approved a new evacuation plan or trained employees on where they should go in the event of an emergency.

“We’ve been trying to get Sheriff Guy to come up with an evacuation plan and conduct a drill since we first got elected, since that fake hand grenade incident, but it never happened,” Commissioner Sandie Egley said.

A false alarm in early 2016 led to a confused evacuation after a novelty paperweight-like object in the shape of a hand grenade was sent by one of Guy’s supporters to the courthouse as an election gift.

“This is not how you want to practice, when there is an alarm that goes off that could have been a real emergency. You have to be proactive before there is an emergency so people understand what the process is, so there is more organization and less panic.”

John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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The only emergency I see is for the residents of this county and how soon we can get you worthless fucks out of the courthouse for good.

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Is anyone else having an insanely difficult time getting to the reader comments? Van’t get past all the stupid click here ads. They just keep loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading and loading.

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I counted the ads to get to comment and is over 300 to get to it, I just gave up and went to the top of the article and pushed comment!


Midget too busy campaigning for reelection to worry about stupid smoke alarms and employee safety. Maybe he lit a joint to try out his new dope dog? That’s way more important than doing your real job. Cannot accomplish simple mandated duties, cannot form a budget and plan accordingly but plenty of time for God stickers and dog sniffing. Remember this in November when Pope Midget comes a calling for your vote.

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