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Fire cleanup costs at Milwaukee County Courthouse surpasses $10M

Milwaukee County Courthouse (courtesy of Flickr).
Milwaukee County Courthouse (courtesy of Flickr).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Cleanup costs have surpassed $10 million from an electrical fire at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on July 6th. 

Universal Restoration Services of Menomonee Falls has billed the county $10.2 million. That's mainly for cleanup work, and providing temporary electricity to the courthouse and the adjacent Safety and Criminal Justice buildings. 

The Journal Sentinel says more bills are on the way -- including more than $1 million to design and install new electrical components. 

County administrative services director Don Tyler could not say what the final damages and repair costs might be. He believes they'll be covered by a state insurance fund for local government properties. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Arson has been ruled out. 

Tyler says other possible causes are being looked into -- including faulty electrical installations, and poor maintenance. If flaws are found, Tyler says insurers would most likely seek reimbursements from contractors involved in the original work. 

Back in February, a county report said the courthouse electrical system needed major improvements. The last upgrades were made 48 years ago.

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