Police investigating suspicious fires

Early Tuesday morning, a Yukon government employee noticed heavy smoke pouring out of the Shell Gas Station in Faro.

Early Tuesday morning, a Yukon government employee noticed heavy smoke pouring out of the Shell Gas Station in Faro.

Local RCMP and the Faro fire detachment responded to the call at 5:30 a.m. and put out the blaze by 7 a.m.

There was severe damage to the building, but no damage to the fuel tanks.

“At this time the cause of the fire is suspicious,” according to the Faro RCMP.

Police are asking members of the public who have any information about the incident to call the Faro RCMP at 867-994-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (LC)

Suspicious blaze rips through downtown home

Just after 1:45 a.m. Friday, a suspicious blaze ripped through a downtown Whitehorse home.

City firefighters arrived on the scene at 708 Alexander Street just before 2 a.m, and 17 people battled the blaze until nearly 8 a.m.

Although the cause of the fire is still unknown, “we feel that it was deliberately set,” said fire chief Clive Sparks.

The house was left with substantial smoke and water damage that he estimated would be between $150,000 and $175,000.

“We think the building is basically destroyed,” said Sparks.

The matter has been turned over to Whitehorse RCMP, who are refusing to comment on whether charges will be laid.

“That investigation is still ongoing,” said Cpl. Grant MacDonald on Tuesday. (LC)

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