Milwaukee courthouse fire could cost $2 million
MILWAUKEE — An electrical fire that closed the Milwaukee County Courthouse for a week could cost about $2 million to clean up.
County Comptroller Scott Manske tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a restoration firm hired for the cleanup suggested the sum.
County Executive Chris Abele has said he's optimistic the county's property insurance will cover the costs, after the county pays the $75,000 deductible.
Parts of the courthouse reopened Monday, but county officials have not said when they expect to have the full courthouse reopened.
The Milwaukee Fire Department responded July 6 after a short circuit in a courtroom outlet.
Ceiling panels throughout the building are being replaced, carpets are being cleaned or replaced, and walls and furniture are being washed to get rid of smoke damage.
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