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False alarm results in Richmond pool evacuation on Tuesday

"Total chaos."
The Minoru Centre for Active Living

Dozens of people were evacuated from the pool at the Minoru Centre for Active Living building after a fire alarm went off on Tuesday afternoon.

After people left the building and Richmond Fire-Rescue attended the scene, it was determined to be a false alarm, said city spokesperson Clay Adams.

During the incident, swimmers at the pool were given silver emergency blankets as they were guided out of the building, according to a Twitter post by user Jennife26118362.

"Kids running around trying to make kites out of them. Total chaos," reads the tweet.

Community members waited outside before firefighters "gave the all clear" and people were allowed back indoors, Adams added.

The Richmond News previously reported a similar incident when a false alarm caused a building evacuation for the pool and seniors centre in September 2022.