Smoke and damage from a fire Tuesday have closed the gym at École régionale Notre-Dame in Notre Dame de Lourdes. While the investigation continues, early reports say the damage may exceed 2 million dollars. While most of the damage is in the gym area, other parts of the facility have been slightly affected as well.

damageFire damage inside gym

The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday when the janitor noticed that smoke was coming from the gymnasium and alarms went off. Early reports show that the fire started when a power outlet touched some gym mattresses. The fire started on the floor and some flames spread to the ceiling, which didn't burn as much as the floor. 

Reports had come in earlier today that damage from the fire may result in the school being closed for the remainder of the current school term, however, those reports were not true. Classes reconvene Friday (plans were changed from seeing classes begin Thursday).

PortageOnline is visiting the school this afternoon and an update will follow.

nds schoolThe school was busy with crews on the scene Wednesday and classes resume Thursday