Courthouse fire costs now up to $6 million and counting

CREATED Sep 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The cost of the fire at the Milwaukee County Courthouse continues to climb, but the cause is still unknown.

The July 6 electrical fire affected the electrical system within the courthouse, and the current bill is now over $6 million. The county said it will take a while to know the final cost of the damages. The courthouse has implemented a "temporary electrical line," according to the Journal Sentinel.

"We are one cup of coffee away from having this whole thing come down," Don Tyler, county director of administrative services, said.

The courthouse was built in 1932 and its electrical system was installed in 1947. That temporary line is coming into the courthouse near the building entrance through a manhole.

The $6 million paid to contractors to clean up the damage has been covered by insurance.