MADISON, Wis. --- The government building damaged by a fire in May will re-open to the public on September 2nd.

The Department of Administration said today the GEF 1 building in downtown Madison will have normal business hours for the public after Labor Day.

The building suffered an estimated $15 million in damage during a fire on May 16th. The fire was ruled accidental.

The building is headquarters for the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Workforce Development.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ State officials say a fire in a Madison government building in May caused about $15 million in damage.

The Madison Fire Department initially estimated the damage at $350,000. But the state Department of Administration released a statement Thursday saying the damage estimate grew as the agency spoke with the state's insurance provider. The agency said the $15 million figure could fluctuate in coming months as repairs are completed.

The state's insurance policy requires the state to pay the first $3 million in damages.