- According to Inuvik’s fire chief, back-to-back fires at the town’s warming shelter were not suspicious, who also confirmed one firefighter was injured in the response.
- While either fire directly injured no one, Cynthia Hammond said a firefighter who slipped on an icy surface was stable at the town hospital.
Fires damaged the warming shelter on Veteran’s Way on both Friday and Saturday. In a news release issued on Sunday, Hammond stated that the cause of the fire on Friday evening “was determined to be electrical.” Witnesses reported a fire in a bathroom at the building, and one attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher. However, the fire took four hours to extinguish, thanks to the efforts of twenty firefighters.
Following that, vulnerable people who would have commonly used the shelter were relocated, according to Hammond. As a result, nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire on Saturday.
The cause of the Saturday fire was not revealed, but Hammond stated that it was “not suspicious” and was being investigated further. Saturday’s fire required up to 25 firefighters to work for 22 hours straight. Hammond thanked residents for providing food and drinks to fire crews while they worked.
To reach isolated pockets of fire, an excavator was eventually used. “The building has since been returned to the Northwest Territories Government,” Hammond said.
Source: CABIN Radio
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