Fire destroys Riverdale home’s second floor

Fire destroys Riverdale home's second floor Fast-acting firefighters are being credited with saving a family home from complete destruction after a fire earlier this week.

Fast-acting firefighters are being credited with saving a family home from complete destruction after a fire earlier this week.

“It was a great save by our duty crews,” deputy fire chief Kevin Lyslo said yesterday. “It would have gone to the ground. It was growing fast even as we pulled up.”

Fire crews were called to the home on Bell Crescent in Riverdale on Monday just after 1 p.m. Investigators were on the scene most of that afternoon and returned yesterday.

Lyslo said the second storey of the single-family home was severely damage by flames as well as smoke and water.

At one point the flames caused a partial collapse of the ceiling on the second floor. No firefighters were in the building at the time. Eventually the scene was safe enough that crews were able to climb on the structure to finish putting things out.

Once everything was safe, items were placed under specially designed covers as protection from smoke and water.

A damage estimate has not been completed at this point, said Lyslo.

Fire investigators are still working to determine exactly what caused the fire.

It appears it started either somewhere in a room on the second floor or in the attic, Lyslo said.

There is nothing to suggest the fire was anything other than an accident.

Just Posted

Canadian justice system can benefit from Indigenous practices, MMIWG chief commissioner says

The Canadian justice system would benefit from learning about and adopting Indigenous… Continue reading

Yukon government discontinues lawsuit over Dawson wastewater treatment plant

A government lawyer filed a notice of discontinuance to Yukon Supreme Court Feb. 19.

Turn that frown upside down: New radar monitors drivers’ speed

The sign, complete with emojis to tell you how you’re doing, will move between 10 locations in Whitehorse

Three Yukon government midwives to start working next year

The government plans to look across the country to fill the positions

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Today’s mailbox: Cancer costs, Rendezvous, mining ranking

Letters to the editor published Feb. 28

Dwayne De Rosario inspires Yukon futsal teams ahead of Arctic Winter Games

The soccer great was in Whitehorse for two days of futsal sessions with local players

City news, briefly

Some news from Whitehorse council on Feb. 24

History Hunter: Yukoners honoured for their contributions to Yukon history

The Yukon Historical and Museums Association handed out the 36th Annual Yukon Heritage Awards

Yukonomist: Whitehorse through the eyes of an app

You probably don’t use an app to decide where to dine out… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: free transit

Letters to the editor published Feb. 26

Local skiers compete in 2020 Yukon Cross Country Ski Championships

The event included dozens of racers competing in mass-start skate races

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to hold general election in April

On top of voting for chief, three councillors, citizens will vote for a deputy chief for first time

Most Read