Nunavut RCMP investigate “suspicious” rowhouse fire

Iqaluit firefighters contain blaze to one bedroom


An RCMP fire investigator and the Government of Nunavut’s fire marshall’s office are investigating a “suspicious” fire that broke out just after midnight Jan. 5 in a rowhouse unit at Creekside Village in Iqaluit, police said in a news release

Iqaluit firefighters contained the fire to one bedroom of the unit and extinguished it quickly.

The unit’s tenants were not home at the time.

At the same time, police alerted tenants of other housing units in the same block and helped them get outside until the fire was extinguished.

“The Iqaluit fire department’s quick response prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the building,” police said.

On Feb. 26, 2012, a devastating fire in the same area, also deemed “suspicious,” destroyed an entire block of rowhouses and killed two Iqaluit residents.

Police say that anyone with information about the Jan. 5 fire should call the Iqaluit RCMP at (867) 975-0123 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS.)

Callers may remain anonymous and become eligible for a cash award of up to $2,000, police said.

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