One youth is charged with arson and disregard for human life Nov. 9 following the devastating NorthMart fire which saw a large portion of the store destroyed.

The fire that destroyed Iqaluit’s Northmart warehouse Thursday was one of six set over a six-hour span Wednesday and Thursday. Police have two youth in custody in relation to the incidents.
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RCMP originally indicated two youth were in custody, but later confirmed one youth was released after providing an alibi and the other appeared at the Nunavut Court of Justice Friday afternoon.

“The youth’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov 13 in Iqaluit. The investigation is on going,” stated RCMP by e-mail Nov. 10.

In addition to the fire at the grocery store, four vehicle fires and a garbage fire at an uninhabited home were reported over a six-hour span. The Northmart fire forced the evacuation of nearby elders’ residences.

No injuries were caused by any of the incidents.

“We would like to thank the community for its patience despite the devastating loss,” said RCMP Insp. Mark Crowther, Qikiqtani district commander. “RCMP and fire personnel are working diligently to ensure public safety and bring those responsible to justice.”

The investigation into the fires is ongoing. The RCMP would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activities that they observe by contacting their local detachment or anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at or  by texting ‘NWTNUTIPS’ plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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