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Additional $2.5 million sought to repair fire damage at Colorado Springs Airport

Posted at 10:49 AM, Sep 10, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS – Costs to repair damage to the Colorado Springs Airport terminal from an April 2018 fire has exceeded the original $5 million estimate.

Council members will consider another amendment to Ordinance No. 17-116 to allocate an additional $2.5 million for repairs.

The proposed amendment reads, “the scope of demolition and repairs is greater than initially anticipated based on estimates that were completed during the two weeks following the fire.”

The funds would come from an increase in the Airport Capital Improvement Program Fund. All of the funding will be reimbursed by insurance.

Council members will consider the amendment during a work session today.

Colorado Springs Airport Fire Damage
Colorado Springs Airport Fire Damage (April 2018)

The three-alarm fire was reported on the roof of the terminal just before 11:00 p.m. Monday, April 16th. Officials said most of the damage was caused by water forced on the roof and ceiling to knock down the flames.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by the torching of tar and roofing materials adjacent to the third-floor conference room on the roof of the airport on the night of April 16. The fire was ruled to be accidental.

The fire caused extensive water damage to the ticketing area of the airport and forced the entire facility to close for one day.