Residents of Yellowknife's Fraser Tower gathered in the ground-floor reception and outside in the snow as an early-morning fire alarm triggered an evacuation on Friday.
A fire truck and ambulance arrived outside the downtown apartment building at 7am to find dozens of occupants congregated in the reception area.
No flames or smoke were visible.
Cabin Radio understands crews conducted a brief search of the complex before allowing residents to return to their units at around 7:15am.
"What a morning to have a false alarm," said one resident, with several centimetres of fresh snow covering the ground outside and more falling. (The city remains under a snow squall warning.)
Occupants of the Fraser Tower apartment building wait during a fire alarm on November 15, 2019. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio