One of the shiny new jewels in the continuing expansion and improvements within the city of Marion is the new YMCA building. The facility is fantastic. Two of our children go there regularly and love it. Sadly, the building was damaged by fire on Thursday night.

Details are limited, but KCRG reports that Marion fire officials received the call of a fire at the YMCA in the 3700 block of Irish Drive in Marion at around 8 p.m. Marion Fire Cheif Debra Krebill confirmed the blaze at 8:15 p.m. Fortunately, fire officials say that the fire was contained to just one room and was successfully put out.

Fire officials say that the initial cause of the fire appears to be an offsite utility boring in the pool area, according to KCRG. While the damage was limited to one room, officials say that the Marion YMCA will remain closed over the weekend for cleanup. Portions of the building are expected to re-open again during the week of March 21st.

We'll have more details on this story as they become available.


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