Milwaukee County Courthouse will partially reopen Monday after fire

CREATED Jul 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Certain floors of the Milwaukee County Courthouse will reopen Monday, after being closed due to an electrical fire last Saturday.

County Executive Chris Abele had said he hoped the courthouse would open Monday, but that all depended on how much progress crews would make in the last week.

Court cases have been on hold and county services were slowed down while crews cleaned and repaired the courthouse.

Abele said the electric system needs to be repaired or replaced. They brought in huge generators to power the safety building and courthouse.

All criminal, family, small claims and jury trials will resume Monday in the courthouse. Jurors are asked to check the webpage or hotline for updates. Entrances on 9th and 10th streets are closed. Employees and the public can enter on Wells Street. There are also entrances at the Safety Building and Criminal Justice Facility, and you can use the skywalk to the courthouse.

Security scanning machines and staff have been added to speed up the process.

Abele said insurance is supposed to cover the clean-up costs.

Nick Montes contributed to this report.