A look back at $1 million YMCA fire on this date
Firefighters attend the downtown YMCA where a $1-million fire started on January 4, 1981. (Facebook / Vintage London)
On January 4, 1981, a fire ripped through the downtown YMCA, causing $1 million in damage.
So we're taking a look back on this date 34 years ago.
The fire was deemed to be arson.
But plans soon got underway for a new building. On July 30, 1981, ground was broken for a new building on the corner of King and Waterloo Streets.
That building opened Jan. 5, 1983.
The original building that caught fire dated back to 1897 and opened on Jan. 1 of that year.
it was designed by the local firm Moore and Henry.