City provides emergency shelter at Fieldhouse for victims of apartment fire

A fire burning at Rockhill Apartments Tuesday morning. Photo by Trevor Thompson.
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The Fieldhouse is being used as an emergency shelter for the residents of Rockhill Apartments after a fire brought down the building this morning.

All programs at the fieldhouse are cancelled and the facility is closed to the public until further notice.

Just after 5 a.m. this morning, the City of Yellowknife Fire Division was dispatched to 4904-54 Ave, Rockhill Apartments, for a report of smoke in the first-floor hallway.

The 33 suite apartment building, operated by the YWCA-NWT as transitional housing for families, was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival according to a news release from the city.

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The Young Women’s Christian Association of Yellowknife (YWCA) NWT says they are accepting donations to the YWCA Rockhill Fire Fund, which can be made online.

The City of Yellowknife Fire Division remains on scene along with Municipal Enforcement, RCMP, Public Works and Airport Fire personnel.

The public is asked to avoid the area of the fire as emergency personnel continue to work.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but the Office of the Fire Marshal for the Northwest Territories has been contacted to initiate an investigation for this incident.

The city says it is working with representatives of the GNWT – Health & Social Services, Municipal & Community Affairs, Education, Culture & Employment, Housing Corporation and the Executive to provide assistance to the affected families.

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