Crews battle a fire at the downtown London, Ont. YMCA on Jan. 4, 1981. (CTV News London Archives)

Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the massive YMCA blaze in downtown London.

On Jan. 4, 1981 fire ripped through the 84-year-old building causing $1 million in damage.

It was determined to be a case of arson.

It became a sight to behold as the water used to fight the fire froze over the structure.

A new facility was built at the current location of King and Waterloo streets, opening two years later in 1983.

 

40 years ago today

Posted by Vintage London, Ontario on  Monday, January 4, 2021