FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April 12, 2014) A wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a community center that was set to open in June in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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, either.
The the repairs will be covered by insurance, less the department's $50,000 deductible, Parks Director Al Moll said.
Crews were working to make repairs so the center can open as planned on June 7.
The nearly $2 million project is transforming the former McMillen Ice Arena into a community center with basketball courts, an indoor track and other activities.