The District of Columbia will receive a $6 million settlement stemming from the fire that severely damaged the historic Georgetown Public Library.
The fire started while contractors were renovating the building at 3260 R Street NW on April 30, 2007. The ceiling collapsed and water used to contain the blaze damaged thousands of books and other library materials.
District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said the settlement will reimburse the District for a substantial portion of the costs associated with rebuilding the library, which reopened in 2010.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the District will be paid $6 million by the insurance carriers for the general contractor, Dynamic Corp., and the subcontractor, Two Brothers Contracting, Inc.
The Office of the Attorney General was prepared to go to trial, but agreed to the settlement to avoid the costs and uncertainty of pursuing civil litigation further and to allow the parties to put this incident from nearly five years ago behind them.
The District decided to add extensive upgrades in the renovation following the fire, including construction of an additional floor. The District did not seek recovery of funds for that work.