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Fire takes down community centre in Naujaat

Naujaat’s community centre burned down overnight Friday, Oct. 7.
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Photos show the aftermath of the Naujaat community centre fire, which destroyed the building. Photos courtesy of Cathy Kate

Naujaat’s community centre burned down overnight Friday, Oct. 7.

Two investigators from the Nunavut Fire Marshal’s Office had arrived in Naujaat on Hudson Bay to investigate the fire that destroyed the hamlet’s community centre.

Video and photos posted to social media showed flames towering into the sky as the blaze — which RCMP say started late Friday night, Oct. 7 — burned long into Saturday morning.

RCMP Cpl. Sean French told the Canadian Press that the centre was destroyed.

No one was injured, French said, although he says one firefighter was briefly treated for smoke inhalation.

French said the fire burned so intensely that some nearby homes and the health centre were evacuated as a precaution, and at one point electricity was knocked out for about an hour early Saturday.

- The Canadian Press

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Photos show the aftermath of the Naujaat community centre fire, which destroyed the building. Photos courtesy of Cathy Kate




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