According to a Sedgwick County Communications press release remediation and repairs are progressing in the County Courthouse following the fire on January 18. Last week County Commissioners approved an emergency resolution which allows staff to work with on-call contractors to perform repair work rather than using a competitive bid process.
The release indicates, in what is called a conservative estimate, damages for the insurance claim are estimated $750,000. Invoices from on-call contractors have not yet been submitted to give a final amount.
The fire on the fourth floor of the Sedgwick County Courthouse was due to an electrical short.
The fire was reported around 9:45 a.m. on January 18. There were no injuries. Wichita Fire Department arrived on scene, and located and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes. The building was minimally occupied at the time of the fire.
The fourth floor houses the 18th Judicial District Family Law Self-Help Center as well as Family Law Courts.