Residents in downtown Yellowknife awoke Tuesday morning to black clouds of smoke and flames coming from the YWCA’s Rockhill transitional housing apartment.
“At approximately 5am Yellowknife RCMP responded to a call regarding a fire at 54th Avenue,” said RCMP spokeswoman Marie York-Condon in a press release.
Officers from both the City Munipal Bylaw Enforcement Division, RCMP and Yellowknife Fire Department continue to be on the scene this morning.
Initial reports from the Yellowknife Fire Department indicate all residents were evacuated safely. Residents in neighbouring apartment buildings including Fraser Arms East were also evacuated.
No cause for the fire is available at this time. It’s hard to tell which part of the Rochhill apartment ignited first.
Police are asking the public and motorists to avoid the area of 54th Avenue between 49th Street and 52nd Street while efforts to put the fire and investigate the blaze continue.
— Josh Campbell (@Splash_Campbell) October 2, 2018
Yellowknife Fire Department confirms all 33 families were evacuated safely from this morning’s fire.
Former YWCA worker, now the MLA for Yellowknife Centre Julie Green tweeted out the link for people to help out by making donations.
— Julie Green MLA (@juliegreenMLA) October 2, 2018