Inuvik fire is a ‘big situation’: fire chief

One woman is still in hospital and in stable condition.

(A google aerial view of Wolverine St. in Inuvik)

A female victim has been airlifted to Edmonton Hospital for continued care for her injuries, says Cpl. Paul Howlett, RCMP for Inuvik.

The female resident suffered from burns and smoke inhalation.

No other residents or neighbors were affected.

“It’s a big situation,” says Cynthia Hammond, fire chief for Inuvik, adding they’re currently getting witness statements to determine the cause.

The Inuvik fire department is still investigating after a structural fire on 87th Wolverine Road, early Saturday morning.

By the time the RCMP arrived on the scene, the home was completely engulfed and the fire had spread quickly to neighboring houses, says Cpl. Paul Howlett, RCMP for Inuvik.

RCMP Inuvik evacuated residents in the area, while Inuvik Gas controlled the release of gas.

Power and telecommunication lines were melted and service was lost.

The Inuvik fire department declared the loss of two homes, the damage of the walls and roof of neighbouring homes.

The fire took two and a half hours to contain.

Firefighters and other emergency service personnel remained on the scene for an additional eight hours to conduct overhaul, extinguish smoldering fires, and restore utilities, as stated in a press release.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Howlett believes the fire was “not suspicious in nature”.

CKLB has reached out to assistant fire marshall Rick Lindsay and territorial fire marshall Chucker Dewar for a comment regarding the progress of the investigation.

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