Montreal mayor says none injured in arena roof collapse
Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay speaks during a news conference in Montreal, Friday, May 18, 2012, after the city adopted a new bylaw banning the wearing of masks during demonstrations which will come into effect on Saturday May 19. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, August 31, 2012 4:33PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, August 31, 2012 11:38PM EDT
MONTREAL -- Montreal's mayor is expressing relief that the collapse of an arena roof did not result in any injuries.
A wide piece of the roof of the Maurice Richard Arena, about 600 square metres in size, was blown off by heavy winds last night that sent pieces of debris flying around.
Gerald Tremblay says he's grateful the incident didn't hurt anyone.
He says an investigation will help determine the cause of the incident.
A metro station next to the arena, which is just outside Montreal's Olympic Stadium, remained closed this morning.
The rink has served as the home of Canada's national short-track speedskating team. Some members of the national team rushed to the site yesterday to witness the damage.
The building opened in the early 1960s, was a venue for events at the 1976 Summer Olympics and has hosted junior hockey over the decades. The arena has a capacity of 4,750 and is perhaps best known locally for the statue of Richard in front of the building.