WATERLOO — A Jan. 4 fire at Riverfront Stadium caused more than $50,000 in damage to electricity and panels, Travis Nichols, leisure services project manager, said Tuesday.
The fire affected two panels that feed the entire stadium’s indoor and outdoor electricity, Nichols said. Engineers are working to get an exact estimate for damage costs. A generator is providing temporary power inside the building. The city is working to hardwire temporary electrical service to the stadium through the winter, Nichols said.
Leisure Services Director Paul Huting said officials are unsure how the fire started. He said some building maintenance staff believe it could have been an electrical issue caused by MidAmerican Energy, but there is no evidence to support the claims.
Dave Boesen, a Waterloo City Council member, previously worked as a fire investigator. He said the city’s insurance company would hire someone to investigate the cause of the fire to establish liability.
Nichols said the city will likely file an insurance claim if the damage is determined to officially exceed its $50,000 deductible.
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