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NORTH TONAWANDA – An outdated electrical system was blamed for fire that shut down the Payne Park Memorial Pool on opening day last week Friday. The city announced on Wednesday that the pool will reopen today with open swim sessions at 1:15 p.m.

Morning swim lessons were temporarily held at the North Tonawanda High School, but will resume at the Memorial Pool on Friday.

Mayor Robert G. Ortt said he was pleased that the work was done prior to the Fourth of July holiday and told the Common Council on Tuesday that the pool was evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.

“I’d like to commend all that were involved to make sure no one was injured,” he said and thanked the lifeguards, staff, and firefighers for their quick and professional response.

He told the Council that the Memorial Pool had a very old electrical system and said work was being done into the evenings to get the pool reopened before the holiday weekend.

All the repairs were done by Wire Electric and Jameson Electric companies.