Fire marshal not investigating car fire

MACA says video suveillance has ruled out arson.

Firefighters and police responded to a car fire in the parking lot of the downtown liquor store in Yellowknife on Tuesday. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB)

The office of the fire marshal will not be investigating the source of a car fire in downtown Yellowknife on Tuesday.

Jay Boast is a spokesperson for the department of Municipal and Community Affairs, which oversees the office of the fire marshal.

“Video surveillance of the motor vehicle fire has confirmed the fire is not suspicious in nature and that the fire originated in the dash of the motor vehicle,” he told CKLB in an email.

He added that “all evidence is typically destroyed” when a fire breaks out from this area of a vehicle.

The department is also reminding residents to follow their vehicle’s maintenance and inspection schedule to prevent these kinds of incidents.

With files from Mariah Caruso.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to