Guelph, ON, September 22, 2015 – The West End Community Centre has reopened and all programs are running as usual following a temporary evacuation of the building this afternoon.
At about 12:15 p.m., Guelph Fire responded to an alarm that was activated at the community centre.
As a precaution, the community centre, including public library, was evacuated. Two Guelph Transit buses arrived on scene to keep patrons warm who had been in the swimming pool at the time of the incident.
Firefighters on scene determined the alarm was activated due to a release of Freon R22—commonly used as a refrigerant. A pressurized pipe was inadvertently damaged by a contractor who was performing maintenance work in the building.
The fire department’s special operations/HAZMAT team isolated the leak and applied an inline pressure containment device.
Air quality tests were performed.
There were no injuries.