Wayward squirrel blamed for $300K in damage

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne community center set to open in June.

Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park last week, 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 (http://bit.ly/1gf701J ) 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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