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Milwaukee courthouse fire damages total $19.1M

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee County officials say the final cost of a July 2013 electrical fire at the county courthouse is $19.1 million.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the county’s director of administrative services said Thursday there has been a final settlement of insurance claims. He said all but $1 million of the $19.1 million has been paid by the state’s Local Government Property Insurance Fund. The final portion is expected soon.

The director said courthouse repairs are ongoing and are expected to be completed by October or early November.

Officials were told last year that damage to electrical components in the courthouse basement was so severe it may be impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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