Temporary housing found for victims of Rockhill fire in Yellowknife

Smoke billows high in the air during Tuesday's devastating fire at Rockhill Apartments in Yellowknife.
(John McFadden/CKLB photo)

Temporary housing has now been found for everyone who was left homeless after Tuesday’s fire at the Rockhill Apartments in Yellowknife.

33 units were destroyed when flames raced through the building, a transitional home for vulnerable families run by the YWCA.

Alayna Ward, director of community relations for the YWCA, says that 21 families have been relocated to units in Yellowknife owned by Northview Properties.

She says the other 12 families are staying with either friends or family.

No one was hurt in the fire and an official cause has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, officials from both the municipal and territorial governments say they are doing everything they can to help families who were left homeless.

The YWCA has asked that donations be taken to 1456 Gitzel St. from 8:00am until 4:00pm.

Officials say they need kitchenware, toiletries, towels, winter clothing for children and adults diapers, baby formula and gift cards for grocery stores and Walmart.

GNWT officials say they are coordinating emergency support for those who have lost health and social services documentation such as birth certificates and health care cards.

The government also says that replacement fees will be waived for those who lost driver’s licences or government identification cards.

A number of local businesses have chipped in to help the victims.

Funds for the displaced families are being collected online at www.canadahelps.ord/en/charities/ywcanwt/.

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