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Whitehorse street where home exploded partially closed for fire marshal investigation

RCMP probe also ongoing
An explosion took place on Bates Crescent on the morning of Nov. 14, 2023. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Bates Crescent, the site of the fatal explosion at a residence on Nov. 14, has been partially closed for most of this week as an investigation proceeds.

According to a Nov. 23 notice from the territorial government, the street in Riverdale was closed from house number 15 to 19 on Nov. 22. People are being asked to stay clear of the scene as investigators work. The investigation may take weeks, but the notice states that efforts will be made to minimize disruption for residents of the street.

The territory’s fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause and origin of the explosion. The government’s statement says that, due to the case’s complexity, the fire marshal’s office will receive help from a specialized outside investigator.

The investigation by the fire marshal’s office is separate from the one being conducted by the Yukon RCMP. On Nov. 17, the RCMP confirmed that the Yukon’s major crimes unit will be looking into the circumstances surrounding the explosion. Those with information on the matter who haven’t spoken to police yet are encouraged to contact the major crimes unit at 867-667-5555.

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