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Milwaukee County Courthouse may be closed longer than expected

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The Milwaukee County Courthouse might be closed longer than expected.

After a basement electrical fire on Saturday, officials said the courthouse and its adjacent safety building would be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Now, County Executive Chris Abele is not sure when the structures can be re-opened.

One media report says it might be as late as Friday.

The County Board has a veto review session scheduled for Wednesday. If supervisors cannot meet at the courthouse, they’ll meet at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

The county’s 911 emergency calls continue to be taken in neighboring Waukesha County.

The district attorney’s office is still open, but the courts are not. Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Kremers says it might be a few weeks before a backlog is finished for cases delayed by the shutdown.

A consultant warned about the electrical problems as early as February. The firm of CBRE said the building’s electrical system was approaching its life expectancy, or was beyond it. It also said the building has no sprinkler system and does not meet current codes.

Two supervisors said the county should have done something in response. Abele says the current problems need to get fixed before anyone points fingers.