Yellowknife

After cabin burns, fundraiser launched for YK’s Maria Eklund


Yellowknifers are working to raise money for a resident whose cabin burned down in a fire on Arctic Farmer’s lot on Wednesday.

Maria Eklund was “seriously injured” in the fire according to emergency responders, and has since been flown to Edmonton for treatment.

Two dogs perished in the fire, which destroyed the property. No damage to the store itself was reported.

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“As you’ve all probably heard, last night, there was a fire on our property,” Arctic Farmer – a local garden centre and nursery – wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.

“Maria, our close friend, lost everything.

“We are imploring the good folks of Yellowknife to, once again and forever, dig deep.”

Residents can donate at an open house on Saturday, or they can donate to a GoFundMe page.

“A longtime resident of Yellowknife, Maria has for years shown compassion to animals through her work as an animal health technician and is notorious for skijoring with teams of rescue dogs,” Amy Maund, who created the GoFundMe, wrote on the page.

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“Maria has a long road ahead and will need all the support she can get.”

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