As the ice on Yellowknife Bay disappears, the territory’s fire marshal is exploring different investigative avenues to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a houseboat last week, sending one to hospital.

A blaze engulfed the houseboat, which once sat near the fish plant on Yellowknife Bay, not far from the Government Dock, in the early morning hours of May 15.

Two occupants escaped the fire. One of the individuals was treated for smoke inhalation at Stanton Territorial Hospital.

“Due to safety factors, such as unknown ice conditions, we were unable to conduct a detailed site examination,” a spokesperson for the NWT Office of the Fire Marshal told Yellowknifer Wednesday.

As a result, the scope of the probe has been limited to investigators interviewing the occupants and examining photos of the scene.

By 4:15 a.m., the fire, which sent thick black smoke into the air – visible from across town – reduced the houseboat to a pile of smoldering rubble.

The fire marshal’s investigation continues. 

Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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