Officials look for cause after fire destroys log home in Norman Wells

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

Norman Wells RCMP are investigating a house fire that occurred Sunday.

In a news release issued yesterday they state that upon arrival officers assisted the Norman Wells Fire Department by evacuating houses in the area and by providing traffic control.

They add that three occupants of the home were able to get out without injury.

The Fire Department fought the blaze and quickly contained it to prevent spreading to surrounding buildings; however, the house is a total loss.

There is no word on a cause.

A woman who lives right next door reportedly says she was not warned by any officials about the fire and was only told to get out by a friend.

Colleen Stevens reportedly says neither firefighters nor police seemed concerned about her and her son’s safety.

In a news report, she says firefighters are not properly trained and wants town council to do something about it.

RCMP say they are leading the investigation and are working with the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call Norman Wells RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.