OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - There's not much left of the senior center at the Ocean Springs YMCA. Despite that, things are up and running at the Y. Concerned callers are lighting up the phone. Marie Kimball is the Aquatics Director.
"A lot of them are asking if everybody is OK, if everybody is safe, so we've been getting a lot of phone calls about the safety of everything around the Y," Kimball said.
The gym is open and all of the programs are still underway. That sits well with the Bonilla family. They were shocked when they heard the news about the fire, according to Elizabeth Bonilla.
"I just got sad, because we just moved here from North Carolina, and we just started swimming lessons. We joined a week ago, so I didn't want anything to happen because we really love it here," Bonilla said.
Even though the building that burned at the Y was old, it was still going to play an integral role in the $2.5 million expansion going on at the Y. Because of that, the news was not good. Phillip Doiron is the YMCA Executive Director.
"That building was a vital part of our renovation. We were going to use that eventually for our administrative offices so now, we're back to the drawing board," Doiron explained.
Now the questions remain. What happened and why? There are some clues, according to Fire Chief Jeff Ponson.
"We're kind of looking at it might be electrical. When we arrived, it was all up in the attic so right now, it might be electrical, but we're not for sure," said Ponson.
Despite the fiery setback, construction is still underway on the expansion. It is a sight that gives hope for the future of the YMCA and the people it serves.
Members from the state fire marshal's office will arrive on Monday to begin their investigation.
YMCA officials say the building was insured. They estimate damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars from the loss of the building and the equipment inside.