A fire broke out at the recreation centre in Gillam today, forcing the closure of a nearby pool and the evacuation of several homes.The Gillam Recreation Centre closed a few months ago to undergo renovations that were expected to be completed in late 2018.
Gillam is a town on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada. Town’s CAO, Jackie Clayton, said no one was inside the centre when it caught fire, and no one was hurt in the blaze.
She said the cause of the fire is currently unknown.She said she was shocked to hear of the fire, and her first thoughts were for the safety of the workers.
Clayton said the fire appeared to damage the part of the building where the bowling alley was, but it doesn’t appear to have damaged the area where the curling and skating rinks are.
Clayton said town officials will meet Thursday morning and will release more details.Gillam is approximately 740 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
“There was a lot of stuff already ripped apart,” said Clayton, adding that contractors may be able to assess what was lost in the fire as they were most familiar with the rec centre’s current conditions.
Clayton said the rec centre was a hub for the community: a home to curling, a bowling alley, the town’s library and more.