Accidental fire destroys GJCC pavilion

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by The Jewish Observer

Plans are already underway to rebuilt the camp pavilion destroyed by fire Sunday, April 17 at The Gordon Jewish Community Center,  executive director Leslie Sax said.

The blaze was reported about 10:40 p.m. after the GJCC campus had been cleared and the gates locked. The Metro Fire Department had the fire under control by midnight. No one was injured.

Sax said the blaze started when an unauthorized camp fire spread out of control. Two juveniles have come forward to admit responsibility. She emphasized that the incident is not considered an act of terrorism or a hate crime.

The pavilion, the one closest to the Holocaust memorial on the Percy Warner Boulevard side of the parking lot, was destroyed but no other structures were damaged.