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Fire damages former Gio's Club

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The former Gio's Club and Bar at Smith Street and York Avenue burns this morning.

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The former Gio's Club and Bar at Smith Street and York Avenue burns this morning.

Fire damaged the former Gio's Club and Bar in downtown Winnipeg Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded at about 7:15 am to the scene at Smith Street and York Avenue. The fire was out and streets were open again by 8:40 a.m.

Cause of the fire has not yet been declared but a neighbour said kids were frequently breaking into the back of the closed night club and partying. Police were regularly at the site chasing the youths away.

Gio's was one of North America's longest-operating gay-lesbian-bisexual-transexual community-owned pubs. It closed in February 2013 after 31 years of continuous operation.

The charred interior was visible from the street through an open door and shattered windows. One passerby was spotted taking photos with his cellphone.

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Updated on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM CDT: Fire put out

9:27 AM: fix headline

10:03 AM: story update, new headline

10:07 AM: add photo

10:11 AM: new photo

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