The Third Branch
Milwaukee courts continue to recover from fire
Two months after a fire shut down the Milwaukee County Courthouse and Safety Building in early July, work continues on a variety of rebuilding projects. To the right in this photo, the Annex parking area has been converted to a staging spot for trucks hauling new wiring, carpet and other materials. The electrical fire did millions of dollars in damage and knocked out power to both the Milwaukee County Courthouse and Safety Building. Even with emergency generators, the courthouse operated on one-third power for a month, during a heat wave. The Milwaukee Criminal Justice Facility, including the jail, remained open – as did the Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, which is located in Wauwatosa.