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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new Duval County Courthouse has failed a fire suppression test, according to Martin Senterfitt, chief of the emergency preparedness division.

A complete test has not been performed because the building has not passed incremental tests, Senterfitt said at a news conference this afternoon.

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As a result, the Fire Marshall cannot issue a certificate of occupancy, which means that the courthouse may not be able to open on Tuesday, Senterfitt said.

They have been aware of this issue for 8 to 10 days, though this test is one of the last that can be performed, and this is a normal time to check the system, Senterfitt said.

To open on Tuesday, it will take special certified engineers to sign off, and the question and challenge will be coming up with a manual system, Senterfitt said. There is some legal discussion with judges about how to work through this.

At the end of the day, this is about safety, Senterfitt said, and no final decisions have been made.

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