Calgary city hall cleanup underway but service return weeks away

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Carpet dryers, caution tape and other equipment strewn across a hall at Calgary's Municipal Building after a series of small fires caused sprinklers to flood three floors of the building. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC - image credit)
Carpet dryers, caution tape and other equipment strewn across a hall at Calgary's Municipal Building after a series of small fires caused sprinklers to flood three floors of the building. (Rebecca Kelly/CBC - image credit)

The cleanup is well underway at city hall after at least three floors of the Calgary Municipal Building were damaged during a security incident on Tuesday.

With caution tape crisscrossing the halls, and water damage creating holes in ceilings, officials say public services are still weeks away from returning.

"Our No. 1 priority is safety of the staff working in the site to mitigate the damage. Number 2 is getting our service back up and running as soon as possible," Mario Henriques with the city's facility management said Thursday.

Rebecca Kelly/CBC
Rebecca Kelly/CBC

The building suffered extensive water damage after a man broke in and set several small fires, which activated the sprinkler system.

A tour of the damaged areas revealed the fires were lit in multiple locations. Water damage was not restricted to areas around the fires but spread across three floors.

Public services have been temporarily moved to other locations, including the Central Library across the street.

Rebecca Kelly/CBC
Rebecca Kelly/CBC

Henriques said that while the building will reopen on Monday, those services will take a couple of weeks longer to return.

Officials say they need more time to calculate the cost of the damage.

Acting city manager Carla Male said the damage should be covered by insurance.

Rebecca Kelly/CBC
Rebecca Kelly/CBC

"We still believe that water is migrating, so things change all the time," she said.

"We have been in touch with our insurance department and our risk claims department. We will know more by the end of next week."

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