Yellowknife fire being investigated after one person dies

Last modified: December 29, 2018 at 2:38pm

Firefighters were on scene on Friday night responding to a report of a fire on 51A Avenue in Yellowknife.

Emergency crews, including at least two firetrucks, arrived just after 8pm. One man, well-known Yellowknifer Andrew Debogorski, was reported by family to have died in the incident.

RCMP confirmed on Saturday afternoon that a 32-year-old man was found in the house and transported to Stanton Territorial Hospital where he was declared deceased.


“A 28 year-old female and two children were able to exit the structure. We do not have medical information on these persons,” stated an RMCP spokesperson.

The fire is now being investigated by Yellowknife RCMP and the NWT’s fire marshal and coroner service. The cause of the fire is not known.

Throughout Friday night, smoke was visible at the scene and the road was blocked off. As of 11:44pm, the fire was reportedly still burning.

This is the third reported fire Yellowknife crews have responded to in the past week.

On December 21, firefighters were called to a vehicle fire inside a garage just after 1am at Gold City Court. That fire remains under investigation.


Later on December 21, just before 5pm, crews were called out again to Hall Crescent.

With files from Scott Letkeman.