Paul Wright Gym reopened after temporary closure

Photo of the exterior of Paul Wright Gym

Paul Wright Gym reopened after temporary closure

Coleman Becker
Photo by Jan 21, 2020

As of 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Paul Wright Gymnasium is open and fully operational.

At approximately noon on Tuesday, Jan. 21, a small fire started in Paul Wright Gymnasium on the Western Colorado University campus in Gunnison. The fire was quickly extinguished by a Western Facilities employee and the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department. No injuries have been reported, and all students are accounted for.

The gym was temporarily closed until the smoke cleared and the air quality in the building returned to normal. The apparent cause of the fire was a clothes dryer. The dryer was destroyed, but no significant structural damage to the facility can be observed at this time.