Professional cleaners arrived at the Big Red Building on Wednesday to begin restoring the vandalized facility.
Employees with Catastrophe Cleaning And Restoration Company of St. Louis spent about seven hours cleaning up the mess left by two 15-year-old boys, who used baseball bats and hammers to vandalize the building a week earlier. They were placed on house arrest.
The restoration included cleaning carpets and picking up broken glass and other trash. The duo accused of the destruction smashed electronic equipment, mirrors, TVs, toilets and other items in sight.
CATCO specializes in fire and water damage, mold and mildew removal, smoke odor deodorization, emergency board-ups and building reconstruction.
By mid afternoon, an equipment room where a fire extinguisher had been discharged was back to normal. Footballs and helmets had been wiped down, and jerseys, pants and pads were sent to a professional drycleaning company from Illinois.