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Fort Madison to begin repairs on Old Fort Madison following fire

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FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -

Repairs will soon begin at a local historical site damaged by fire six months ago.

The Fort Madison City Council approved Tuesday the funding for the repairs of Old Fort Madison.

(See "Old Fort Madison damaged in suspicious early morning fire")

Officials estimate the work will cost $150,000 and they will start taking bids on construction contracts at their next meeting. City Manager Byron Smith say the city wants to restore the site as quickly as they can, because it draws in summer tourists.

"It's a great draw from a regional standpoint," Smith said. "We have a lot of people coming here for historical tourism and that's another piece so to keep that open would be very important."

The fire was deemed suspicious back in October, but no arrests were ever made.

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