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GEF1 building reopens to public after May fire

DCF, DWD to resume normal business hours Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Administration announced Thursday that the GEF1 office building will reopen to the public after a fire in May closed the building.

The building will reopen Tuesday for normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a release. GEF1 serves as the headquarters for the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Workforce Development.

The fire, which was ruled accidental by the Madison Fire Department, caused an estimated $15 million in damage.

Employees starting moving back into the building Aug. 4, and all but 75 DWD employees, who work in the area on the fourth floor where the fire happened, have reoccupied the building, according to the release. Crews continue to make repairs to that area on the fourth floor.

During the closure the DWD and DCF operated their online services as normal, and all of DWD's non-GEF1 locations continued to operate normally, officials said.

The DWD will start holding Worker's Compensation and Equal Rights hearings in the GEF1 building in the coming weeks.

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