City estimates municipal building fires caused at least $1 million in damage

According to the City of Calgary, based on an initial review, the estimated cost of a series of fires started inside the city’s municipal building will be at least $1.3 million.

Much but not all of this cost will be covered by insurance.

Last weekpolice say a man gained access to the Calgary Municipal Building around 4 a.m. on August 2 by breaking the exterior glass of the building and starting several fires around the complex.

Police took a man into custody. Police said he was a client of the police and crisis team and was receiving the treatment he needed.

Water damaged ceiling tiles show some of the damage to the Calgary Municipal Building. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC)

The fires activated the building’s sprinkler system. Acting City Manager Carla Male said it caused extensive water damage affecting three levels of the building and the amenities inside.

“Although it will be several months before we know the final cost, our team has been working hard to assess the extent of the damage and work with the city’s insurer.”

Based on an initial review, the expected cost of this incident will be between $1.3 million and $2.2 million, the city said in a news release.

Clothes dryers, a damaged ceiling and duct tape block what would normally be a busy urban service center in the Calgary Municipal Building. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC)

This includes emergency response necessary to minimize damage, stabilization activities including temporary relocation of services, and restoration of affected building and furniture and equipment. Of this amount, approximately 80% will be covered by insurance.

Some affected services located on closed floors of the building will return this month, while others will continue in their temporary locations.

Melissa C. Keyes