Faulty generator leaks diesel fuel at Juvenile Court, fumes permeate courtrooms

Faulty generator leaks diesel fuel at Juvenile Court, fumes permeate courtrooms

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County closed because of a power outage and a faulty backup generator.

The Court planned to reopen Tuesday, but will now be closed because of a diesel spill.

The backup generator leaked diesel fuel into the parking garage underneath the Court building.

Fumes from the spill have permeated the courtrooms, the public space, and the administrative offices on the first floor. An environment cleanup crew is expected to resolve the problem Tuesday.

All youth housed inside of the juvenile detention center have been safely moved to a secured location by deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Because of the power outage and generator malfunction, all visitation to the Court is suspended.

Shelby County's maintenance crew is at Juvenile Court working to resolve the problem. The Memphis Fire Department is also at the Court for safety reasons.

For more information, please contact Leon Gray at 901-870-6111.

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