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Fire at Kenton County Building May End Up in Court

A fire at the Kenton County Building that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages last September may end up as an issue for the courts.

County Attorney Garry Edmondson said Tuesday night that the insurance company has not yet agreed to cover the full claim.

At the Kenton County Fiscal Court meeting, the Judge-Executive and county commissioners approved a budget adjustment that will allow for $366,000 to be paid to contractors who worked on the repairs.

"We don't want the vendors to suffer," Treasurer Roy Cox said.

The fire caused the building to be shut down for several days and moved many government operations out of Downtown Covington to Independence.

Edmondson said that the insurance company is only offering to cover sixty-percent of the county's request.

"Causation is the major hang-up," Edmondson said. "We might be going to court. The building is old and falling down so they're saying they shouldn't have to pay."

The county hopes to recoup some of the money approved for expense on Tuesday.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Covington firefighters on the scene after smoke and flames are spotted at the Kenton County Building/RCN file