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City hall hit by lightning won’t reopen until next year

September 18, 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in Saratoga Springs say the Victorian-era city hall will be closed for months as construction crews repair extensive damage stemming from a lightning strike last month.

Mayor Meg Kelly said on Monday that the 1871 brick building won’t reopen for at least another year.

A lightning strike on the night of Aug. 17 caused a fire on the structure’s roof and allowed water to pour into the third floor. The fire was extinguished quickly but water damage to the entire building is extensive.

City hall employees have been moved to other locations. The police station, located in a separate building attached to city hall, was undamaged and remains open.

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