Multiple shacks burned down in Iqaluit fire

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A view of the fire behind the Iqaluit Northmart Thursday night. Two shacks were destroyed in the fire, and two more were damaged.   (David Gunn/CBC - image credit)
A view of the fire behind the Iqaluit Northmart Thursday night. Two shacks were destroyed in the fire, and two more were damaged. (David Gunn/CBC - image credit)

Multiple shacks in Iqaluit were destroyed by a fire late Thursday night, and another two were partially damaged.

According to a news release from the city of Iqaluit, six firefighters responded to reports of a fire behind the city's Northmart around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Though the fire was "quickly extinguished," the release says, "the wind and construction of the shack contributed to a fast growth of fire that spread to adjacent shacks."

In total, two shacks were "completely burned down" and another two were partially burnt, the release says. RCMP also responded to keep people away from the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown but the release says it is under investigation.

The release reminds residents that keeping fuel and gas in shacks poses "a high risk of danger when there is a fire," and advises bystanders to clear the area when fires are spotted.

No injuries were reported.