City of Saratoga Springs: It will be 'months' before City Hall reopens after lightning strike

August 27, 2018 07:17 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Crews are still repairing City Hall in Saratoga Springs.

The building was struck by lightning more than a week ago, sparking a fire. It has been closed since.

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NewsChannel 13 got a first look inside Monday at the extensive damage that was left behind. At this point, the city doesn’t want to commit to anything -- saying only it will be months before this building reopens.

The fire itself was pretty small. The bulk of the damage is water based and mostly on the south side of the building.

The top priority is to repair the accounting department and the City Council room on the first floor.

When lightning struck the building, it damaged a PVC pipe used to drain rainwater from the roof.

The fire chief says water poured into the building, saturating many rooms on the south side.

There is damage to the floors and the ceilings. Walls need to be repainted.

The north side of the building is not as bad.

Woodwork in the City Court was not damaged  -- just some ceiling issues in there.

As for contaminants and things like that, the mayor says there is asbestos in the basement. NewsChannel 13 was not allowed down there.

There was a lot of effort last week put into drying and airing everything out. There are about 100 commercial fans being used throughout the building.

Mayor Meg Kelly says they have been conducting air quality tests as well,

but other than cleanup crews, the building remains off limits to city employees at this time.


Jacquie Slater

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