YWCA transitional housing unit lost to fire

Residents evacuated, as Yellowknife Fire Department fights the flames at the YWCA Rockhill apartment fire Tuesday morning. (Photo: Josh Campbell CKLB)

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.

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.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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