Yellowknife

Woman in Edmonton for treatment as dogs perish in YK fire


A woman is being treated in Edmonton after a fire at Arctic Farmer in which two dogs perished.

The fire broke out just after 7pm on Wednesday, May 29, the City of Yellowknife said in a statement on Thursday.

The lot in Kam Lake is home to Arctic Farmer and Bridgestone Tire. The fire broke out in a cabin behind the tire shop.

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“On arrival to the scene, the crew noted a single-storey, approximately 1000 sq foot, single family dwelling showing smoke from the eves and sides,” the City’s fire division reported.

“Evacuation had already taken place. One person was transported to the hospital and two dogs perished in the fire.”

Yellowknife RCMP said a woman was taken to hospital with “serious injuries” and later sent to Edmonton by medevac for further treatment.

“Fire personnel were on scene for roughly three hours and fifteen minutes,” said the City.

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“The NWT Office of the Fire Marshall is leading an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

It’s not clear how the fire, which took place during rare late-May heavy snow, began. All contents of the cabin are said by witnesses to have been destroyed.

Emergency services gathered outside Arctic Farmer on the evening of May 29, 2019

Emergency services gathered outside Arctic Farmer on the evening of May 29, 2019. Sara Wicks/Cabin Radio

Arctic Farmer offers a garden centre, nursery, and landscaping services.

“My thoughts are with the Rudkevitch family tonight,” said Kieron Testart, the MLA for Kam Lake, referring to Arctic Farmer owner Darwin Rudkevitch.

“Arctic Farmer is a staple of the Yellowknife business community and at the very heart of Kam Lake,” said Testart.

“Let’s come together like we always do as a community and support them at this difficult time.”

Sara Wicks contributed reporting.

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