Dimitrijevic: Courthouse electrical system has to be 'completely rebuilt'

CREATED Jul 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Crews have been busy working scrubbing down the Milwaukee County Courthouse after a fire on Saturday. They are also testing the air to make sure it's safe.

The safety building across the street reopens Wednesday to help take over some duties from the courthouse, but power went out briefly in that building as well. Two people were briefly stuck in two different elevators.

Crews are repairing the damage in the courthouse after a fire started in the courthouse basement Saturday. The cause is still unknown.

They are working so fast because accused criminals can only be held for a certain amount of time before they have to be charged or released. Important criminal cases are being held in the safety building for now.

County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic said she has heard the electrical system has been completely destroyed and will need to be "completely rebuilt" from the ground up. The courthouse is still running on generator power.

With all these changes for now, jurors and witnesses should not report until they are notified. Wednesday's County Board meeting will take place on the MATC downtown campus.