FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne community center set to open in June.
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.
The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1gf701J ) parks director Al Moll said the repairs will be covered by insurance, minus the department's $50,000 deductible. Crews are working to make repairs so the center can open as planned on June 7.
A nearly $2 million project is transforming the former McMillen Ice Arena into a community center with basketball courts, an indoor track and other activities.