Nobody hurt in fire beneath Yellowknife’s Pilots’ Monument

Last modified: June 5, 2019 at 9:32am

A fire broke out in a building on Yellowknife’s Ingraham Drive, within metres of the Pilots’ Monument landmark, on Tuesday evening.

Cabin Radio spoke with the home’s occupants, who said nobody was believed hurt and they were not home when the fire began.

On Wednesday, the City of Yellowknife confirmed nobody was injured.


In all, 16 firefighters spent three hours on the scene, the City said. The NWT’s fire marshal is investigating the fire’s cause, which is unclear.

“On arrival to the scene, the crew noted a single-storey, approximately 1000-sq foot single family dwelling fully engulfed in flames with smoke coming out of the eves,” a statement from the City read.

Multiple fire trucks, ambulances, and a tanker wedged into the small street next to the property, which is accessed by a flight of wooden steps set into the rockface.

On the separate steps leading to the monument, residents gathered to watch as firefighters moved in just before 5pm.

Smoke could be seen billowing out past the monument from as far as downtown Yellowknife.


Crews were successful in preventing the spread of the fire, with a number of other wooden properties adjacent to the site.

A home next to Yellowknife's Pilots' Monument burns on the evening of June 4, 2019

A home next to Yellowknife’s Pilots’ Monument burns on the evening of June 4, 2019. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

Smoke poured beyond Pilots’ Monument. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

Residents watched the fire being fought from atop the monument. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio


Flames emerge from the building as water is pumped from the street beneath. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio