Nunavut RCMP have laid charges in connection with the fire at the Resolute Bay Observatory that happened on Sept. 27.

Police announced on Friday afternoon that Christine Idlout, 22, has been charged with mischief over $5,000 and break and enter with intent. Daniel Salluviniq, 25, has also been charged with mischief over $5,000, break and enter with intent, along with impaired driving. Both will make their first court appearance in Resolute on Oct. 19.

The building that housed the observatory’s living quarters was a total loss while the generator building had smoke and water damage. While the loss is still to be determined it is expected to be a considerable one, according to the RCMP. The building, which sits approximately 6.5 km northeast of the community, was not occupied at the time and there were no reported injuries.

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