Smoke and mirrors: upstairs fire forces barber to close

Larissa Chippett was enjoying her day off May 4 when she got a call from her employee.

Larissa Chippett was enjoying her day off May 4 when she got a call from her employee.

“Larissa, why didn’t you say to me there is renovation going on?” the employee asked Chippett, owner of Yukon Man Barber Shop on Third Avenue and Steele St.

Half the ceiling was gone — tiles and debris were spread all over the shop.

A fire in an apartment upstairs from the shop had started around 1:30 a.m. the night before.

Masaaki Yamaguchi, who lives in another apartment in the same building, said he heard the fire alarm going off.

“I opened the door, and there was a lot of smoke,” he said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Once outside Yamaguchi saw a man leaning on the side of the window from the unit where smoke was coming out.

The man was clearly incapacitated, probably by the smoke, Yamaguchi said.

Whitehorse city fire chief Kevin Lyslo confirmed a man had been taken to Whitehorse General Hospital after the fire department arrived.

Lylso told the News that when firefighters arrived on scene the man was still in his room and they had to remove him from the building.

“He inhaled a lot of smoke,” Lyslo said.

The cause of the fire is not known yet, he added. It’s not clear when Yukon Man while be able to reopen.

But Chippett said on May 3 her shop smelled like cigarettes and that she had to apologize to her customers.

“It looks like (the tenant) smoked constantly,” Chippett said. “The landlord said nobody is allowed to smoke in the apartments.”

The landlord, who wouldn’t give his name, confirmed to the News that there was some damage to the unit, mostly from smoke and water.

Firefighters also removed a mattress that was on fire. On the morning of May 4, a partially burned mattress was visible in the back alley behind the building.

Afterwards the firefirefighters went into the hairdresser and checked for water damage.

“They start to cover up and protect content from getting further damage,” Lyslo said.

Chippett, who had scheduled a trip to Vancouver May 5-7 for her seventh wedding anniversary, said the situation was “a little bit unpleasant.”

“It’s a big surprise what’s happening,” she said. “This is what happens when people are not responsible.”

Contact Pierre Chauvin at pierre.chauvin@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Eric Schroff, executive director with the Yukon Fish and Game Association, poses for a portrait on Feb. 20. Schroff says he is puzzled as to why the Yukon government is cutting back on funding for the association. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News file)
YG cuts Yukon Fish and Game Association funding, tried to vet outgoing communications

Yukon Fish and Game Association says 25 per cent government funding cut will impact operations

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Nov. 27, 2020

Premier Sandy Silver during a live update on the COVID-19 situation at a press conference in Whitehorse on March 27. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Total Yukon COVID case count increased to 42 cases

Premier urges patience after national meeting on vaccine roll-out

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Keith Lay speaks at a city council meeting on Dec. 4, 2017. Lay provided the lone submission to council on the city’s proposed $33 million capital spending plan for 2021 on Nov. 23, taking issue with a number of projects outlined. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Resident raises issues with city’s capital budget

Council to vote on budget in December

Most Read