Not believed firebug is torching Yk abandoned buildings

The NWT fire marshal says he does not believe that a serial arsonist is torching abandoned buildings in downtown Yellowknife.

Chucker Dewar made the comment on Thursday two days after a second abandoned building this summer caught fire downtown.

Dewar says a fire Tuesday night was likely caused by careless smoking.

No one was hurt when flames broke out at the old Diamond Cabs building on 51st Street near 52nd Avenue.

Dewar says he does not believe that the fire was deliberately set.

RCMP also say they are not investigating the fire as a criminal act.

Flames were contained to a front room of the derelict building.

Dewar says there does not appear to be any connection between the latest fire and another one back in June that destroyed a historic, abandoned building, also downtown.

Dewar says that fire at 53rd Street and Franklin Avenue (pictured above) is still being investigated as suspicious.

It is not believed any arrests were made in that fire.

It is also not believed that anyone was ever charged in a suspicious fire at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in June of 2016.

That fire caused the temporary closure of the parish and forced the thrift store housed in the church to relocate to Old Airport Road.

Dewar wants to remind owners of abandoned buildings that they are responsible for making sure the buildings are secure and are not easily entered.

The back door to the building in the latest fire was open when firefighters arrived.

Dewar says if members of the public see suspicious activities around any abandoned buildings in the NWT, they should contact RCMP.





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