No injuries reported in Iqaluit apartment fire

2 occupants displaced due to water damage

After a fire earlier this week, the Iqaluit dump will remain closed at least through the weekend, the city announced Friday. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A kitchen fire in an Iqaluit apartment was contained and extinguished by firefighters late Sunday afternoon.

Emergency staff responded to a call about the fire around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said city spokesperson Geoffrey Byrne in a news release.

The fire happened in an apartment building in the 900 neighbourhood. When firefighters arrived, they quickly located the fire and extinguished it, ensuring there was no spread to neighbouring units, Byrne said.

“A functioning fire alarm and sprinkler system in the building prevented this fire from escalating while providing the occupants, and their neighbours, enough time to safely evacuate the building,” he said.

Two occupants were displaced from the apartment due to water damage caused by the fire.

Byrne said that two firetrucks, one ambulance and 13 firefighters responded to the incident, and that no injuries were reported by the public or by emergency staff.

Residents are reminded to safely and efficiently evacuate buildings when a fire alarm is sounding.

Once safely outside, residents should call 979-4422 to report the fire.

When exiting a room or building, closing the doors and leaving them unlocked slows the spread of fire and smoke, giving occupants more time to escape safely, Byrne said. This allows firefighters to intervene quickly and search buildings for people who may need help getting to safety.

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