Fire damage forces YK’s Catholic school board to relocate

Last modified: March 15, 2018 at 2:06pm

Updated: 1:58 PM, March 15, 2018

Yellowknife Catholic Schools has temporarily relocated its offices to St Patrick High School after a fire on its premises.

Firefighters were sent to the school board’s 49 Street office just before 1am on Thursday. “No one was injured but we do have extensive damages,” school board superintendent Claudia Parker wrote in a message to parents later that afternoon.

Parker said “business will continue as usual” at the nearby high school and the central office will find an alternative location by April 3.


The school board asked that anyone needing to get in touch use email – or – instead of the usual phone numbers.



“No smoke or flame was noted on initial arrival by the duty crew,” Dennis Marchiori, the City’s director of public safety, said in a statement issued earlier on Thursday. “A tenant of a suite in the building advised that there was smoke in her suite and smoke was noted at the roofline of the building during the on-scene inspection.

“In total, 18 fire personnel were on scene for two hours and 49 minutes until the fire was extinguished.”


The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and will be the subject of an investigation by the territory’s fire marshal.