Classes came to an abrupt end for about 450 students and staff at a Winnipeg school on Monday after a fire broke out on the gymnasium roof.
Smoke alarms went off shortly before 11:30 a.m. at École Guyot, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school on Willowlake Crescent.
The building was immediately evacuated and smoke could be seen coming from the roof, according to a spokesperson with the Louis Riel School Division.
Multiple fire crews arrived, shut down the street and deployed aerial ladders on the fire trucks to get to the school roof. The fire was quickly contained, the spokesperson said.
Four fire engines, three police units and an ambulance were all on scene, according to a CBC reporter.
School buses were brought in to transport students to the LSRD board office on St. Mary’s Road, where parents were advised to pick them up, the division spokesperson said.
Afternoon classes were cancelled, and the division is still working to determine whether the school will be open on Tuesday.
By 1:30 p.m. crews could be seen coming down from the roof, rolling up hoses and putting gear away.
No injuries were reported, the City of Winnipeg said in an email.
In a news release Monday afternoon, the city said the investigation so far suggests the fire may have been caused by a malfunctioning of the heat system on the roof. It adds the damage was mostly confined to the gymnasium area, and damage estimates are not available at this time.
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