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Milwaukee courthouse repairs top $10M from fire

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Costs related to a fire last summer at the Milwaukee County Courthouse have topped $10 million but investigators still don’t know for sure what caused it.

The July fire broke out on a Saturday and no one was injured, but it closed the courthouse for several days. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Friday that the $10 million spent in recovery so far mainly covers costs of cleanup and temporary power extension, and that costs are likely to grow by at least several million more to replace electrical components.

The state Insurance Commissioner has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. A county official says faulty electrical equipment is the focus; a report last February found the system was last upgraded in 1965.

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