Published: Jun 10, 2010 2:51 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2010 3:49 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A fire alarm forced the evacuation of the Fort Myers Justice Center on Wednesday at 11:25 a.m.  The fire department believes the alarm was caused by an the accidental breakage of a wall mounted sprinkler head.

The broken sprinkler head caused some water damage.  Although the affect is said to be minimal. Four courtrooms on the fourth floor are closed until further notice. An area in the clerk's office on the second floor is closed as well.

Hundreds of county workers and court personnel were forced to stand outside in the heat for hours while the fire department evaluated the situation.  Workers were finally let back into the courthouse around 2:30 p.m.

People called in for jury duty were dismissed for the day.  Jury trials that were already underway were delayed, but resumed late in the day.