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Fire damages home on Mackenzie Road
Inuvik Fire Department douses sixth house fire of the year

Laura Busch
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, July 5, 2012

A fire that broke out Saturday evening has left a home on Mackenzie Road badly damaged.

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Inuvik volunteer firefighters take a break after responding to a house fire on Mackenzie Road on Saturday. - Laura Busch/NNSL photo

The Inuvik Fire Department was alerted of the fire at 6:13 p.m. on Saturday, said acting fire chief Gordon Simms. Simms arrived on scene first. When he got there, flames and smoke were pouring out all the downstairs windows.

"She was really in flames," he said. "The windows were out almost everywhere."

By 6:26 p.m., 22 firefighters were on the scene with four vehicles: two water pumper trucks, a rescue vehicle and the fire chief's truck. When dealing with a house fire, crews first try to pinpoint the most intense part of the blaze often where the fire started and then attack that area with water from fire hoses. Simms said the fire seemed to come from the back of the house. No one was hurt.

"It looks like it started in the boiler/laundry room," he said.

The Inuvik volunteer firefighters and Simms quickly put out the flames, though they stayed on scene until 7 p.m. before officially calling the fire extinguished.

"The boys, they did an excellent job at this one. They got it real fast," said Simms.

This was the sixth house fire responded to by the Inuvik Fire Department since Jan. 1.

The house, at 219 Mackenzie Rd., was significantly damaged by the fire, along with the accompanying heat and smoke, said Simms.

"The whole house has to be repaired inside because there was intense heat."

As of press time, the cause of the fire had not been released.

The fire marshal had surveyed the building and determined that there was no reason to believe there was any suspicious circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

"I'm being told the fire was in the laundry room and I think lint was a major part of it," said Sgt. Peter Pilgrim, acting detachment commander at the Inuvik RCMP. The RCMP's investigation into the incident is now closed.

"My understanding is the house is repairable, it's not a total loss," said Pilgrim.

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