Whitehorse firefighters battle a fire in a backyard shed in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse on March 17. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Whitehorse firefighters battle a fire in a backyard shed in Copper Ridge in Whitehorse on March 17. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

One dead after fire in Copper Ridge

The RCMP, Coroner’s Service and Whitehorse Fire are currently investigating.

One person has died after a morning fire in Copper Ridge

Whitehorse fire department was called to the scene around 9 a.m. on March 17.

Two fire trucks arrived to respond on Falcon Drive. A converted shed structure in the backyard was billowing smoke as firefighters responded by hosing down the structure with water.

“Upon arrival, crews discovered a small detached structure in the rear of property, which was fully involved with fire. Crews aggressively attacked the fire, successfully confining and extinguishing it,” the department said.

“Sadly, during the efforts to extinguish the fire, one individual was found deceased inside the structure.”

The RCMP, Coroner’s Service and Whitehorse Fire are currently investigating.

On March 18 the residence and nearby path had been blocked off with yellow tape as the investigation continued. Bouquets of flowers were left on the lawn. The Yukon Coroner’s Service confirmed the body of a 17-year-old male was found inside the structure after the fire was extinguished.

The shed, located in the backyard, was not a residence but used for recreational purposes, according to the coroner. A full autopsy is scheduled for next week in Abbotsford, B.C.

“Yukon Coroner Services extends our appreciation to the Whitehorse Fire Department and the RCMP and our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” reads the release.

Contact Haley Ritchie at haley.ritchie@yukon-news.com

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