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Coffee maker accident could cost St. Louis college nearly $200,000

Monday, September 21, 2009 | 10:20 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is perking up with jokes about the $200,000 cup of coffee. But officials at a college and its insurance company aren't laughing.

St. Louis Community College at Forest Park must foot the bill after a coffee maker rigged to a faucet and left on in a photo lab led to a ruptured water line in July. About 10,000 gallons of water spilled down four floors, damaging ceilings, walls, computers and files.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the college's board of trustees will be asked to approve cleanup costs this week, including a $143,494 contract with a disaster-recovery company.

School officials hope the campus will be out only the $25,000 insurance deductible plus another $54,000 for miscellaneous expenses, including overtime costs.

 


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