RCMP investigating Iqaluit jail fire as arson
Inmates were evacuated safely Thursday afternoon after the fire broke out
Police are investigating the fire at Baffin Correctional Centre Thursday afternoon as arson, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Lobb said Friday, adding the investigation was in its early stages.
City of Iqaluit firefighters were called to the jail just north of the city’s airport at 3 p.m., as smoke billowed from the building.
The fire was minor and caused by a burning piece of plastic, said Lisa Milosavljevic, the City of Iqaluit’s communications manager, in an emailed statement.
Inmates were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported, the Department of Justice said in a news release issued Thursday evening.
Justice Minister George Hickes commended firefighters, first responders and corrections staff for reacting quickly to ensure everyone’s safety.