Officials: Squirrel Causes $300K in Damage to Indiana Community Center

April 14, 2014

Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne, Ind., community center set to open in June.

Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park, causing a power surge that damaged the heating and air conditioning systems and some parts of the boiler system. The squirrel didn’t survive.

The Journal Gazette reports parks director Al Moll said the repairs will be covered by insurance, minus the department’s $50,000 deductible. Crews are working to make repairs so the center can open as planned on June 7.

A nearly $2 million project is transforming the former McMillen Ice Arena into a community center with basketball courts, an indoor track and other activities.

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  • April 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm
    Bill Wilson says: be precise myself, it's the ISO CP 10 30 causes of loss form, not the coverage form.
  • April 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    Bill Wilson says:
    What's excluded depends on what that particular policy says. The ISO CP 00 10, for example, excludes nesting/infestation/secretions of animals, not "vermin." The current ISO H... read more
  • April 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm
    Libby says:
    It wasn't damage by vermin, in that they didn't eat away at anything. It got caught in the electrical system. I happens much more often than you'd think. I just had a claim... read more
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