CamBay house fire kills woman
Nunavut fire marshall, RCMP investigate blaze
(Updated at 5:25 p.m.)
An April 17 fire has left a 65-year-old woman dead in Cambridge Bay.
Nunavut’s Fire Marshall, Robert Prima, is on his way to Cambridge Bay to continue the investigation into the fire, which occurred in the western Nunavut community late in the evening of April 17.
The fire marshall, the coroner’s office and the RCMP are all involved in the investigation, fire chief Keith Morrison told Nunatsiaq News.
Members of the fire department received a call about the fire at a single family residence on Akilgik St. at about 10:40 p.m. and arrived at the scene eight minutes later.
By then, the fire in the kitchen had been extinguished, Morrison said.
A woman inside the unit, occupied by three other people, died.
Three others were treated for smoke inhalation, with a man medevaced out of the community for treatment.
“Alcohol was likely involved,” Morrison said.
The privately-owned home suffered little damage, he said.
The office of the chief coroner ordered an autopsy to better determine the causes of the death of the woman.
The RCMP said April 18 that “at this time the identity of the 65 year old deceased female is not being released pending notification of family.”
This is the second fire-linked fatality in Cambridge Bay in less than a year.
Last October, another fire in the community resulted in the death of a woman.