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City of Calgary says it could cost millions to repair damage to municipal building

Suspect who set fires that triggered sprinkler system sustained significant injury during arrest by police.
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The Calgary Municipal Building on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. City officials say it could cost more than two million dollars to repair the Calgary Municipal Building after someone broke in and set fires that triggered the sprinkler system earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — City officials say it could cost more than two million dollars to repair the Calgary Municipal Building after someone broke in and set fires that triggered the sprinkler system earlier this month.

Carla Male, who's the acting city manager, says in a news release that there's extensive water damage on three floors of the building.

It includes the equipment on those floors and the building itself.

Male says it will be several months before the final bill is in, but the initial review shows it could cost between $1.3 and $2.2 million.

The tally includes the emergency response required to minimize the damage as well as the relocation of services and restoration of the building, furniture and equipment.

The city expects 80 per cent of the costs to be covered by insurance.

Alberta's police watchdog continues to investigate the arrest of a man who's accused of breaking into the building on Aug. 2.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has said that police tried to talk to the man, but were unsuccessful.

It says several officers fired non-lethal weapons and the man was arrested with the help of a dog team.

ASIRT says the man was transported to hospital after "sustaining significant injury" during that arrest.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.

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