Saratoga Springs City Hall closed amid repairs

August 18, 2018 11:17 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - City Hall is still soggy. That’s after the building caught fire just before 8 p.m. Friday night when it was struck by lightning.

No one was hurt, but City Hall will be closed Sunday and Monday.

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There were a few dozen people in the Music Hall on the third floor when the fire started. Luckily everyone got out safely. Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly said she doesn't know how long the repairs will take, or how much they'll cost.

Though the fire damage was limited to 20 - 30 square feet, there is significant water damage throughout the building.

"There's a lot going on in there right now,” Kelly said. “A lot of the offices have been cleaned out trying to get to the water damage. The Music Hall is being worked on, the ceiling is being worked on so there's extensive damage in several departments."

Kelly said Public Safety, Public Works and the Accounts Departments were a few of the offices hit hardest. She said spaces on every floor were affected, but they were all on the Lake Avenue side of the building.

"We are going to look at some maybe offsite spaces for some office space and Monday we’ll get some reports back and then we'll go from there,” Kelly said.

Those who work in City Hall won't be the only people affected.

"We do have our City Court is here and the City Court will be talking to the Office of Court Administration and they will figure out where they'll be having court,” Kelly said.

Kelly said City Court proceedings scheduled for Monday are canceled. She is waiting on reports from engineers and the city's insurance companies before estimates on cost or timelines are made.

Kelly said she's just grateful everyone in the building got out safely. She said everything else can be replaced.

"I've been here you know I was here until 3 a.m. and I am obviously here this morning and still here,” Kelly said. “So we are working on it, we're going to get it done and everybody is working hard."

The building is one of the oldest meeting halls in New York State. Mayor Kelly said they'll do everything they can to maintain the historical integrity while making the necessary repairs. Police, fire and some public works employees will continue to work out of City Hall while the building is being repaired.

You can find more information on the city's Facebook page.


Emily Burkhard

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