Fire at Blair County Prison in November costs $265,130

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Repairs to the Blair County Prison laundry, temporarily shut down last November by fire, cost $265,130, according to a report received Thursday by the prison board.

Sarah Chuss of the county finance department presented a breakdown of the cost of repairs that were needed after the laundry, which is located in a former highway garage next to the prison, was engulfed in flames on Nov. 13.

The roof received extensive damage as did the equipment.

Chuss’ report indicated that the county was responsible for a $10,000 deductible, with the rest of the cost covered by insurance.

The county received $150,000 from its insurance on April 21, while two other payments were received on June 20 ($79,983) and Aug. 4 ($25,146).

Milhalko General Contracting of Johnstown received payments of $60,000, $40,000, $36,389 and $20,852.

American Roofing Inc. of Altoona received $36,600.

Other payments went to U.S. Foods, Bettwy Electric, Pennsylvania Bureau of Correctional Industries and Keller Engineers.

Berrena Mechanicals of State College cleaned out the dryers, repaired a washer and supplied a new washer.

The prison reopened in March.

Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.