RCMP have charged an Aklavik, N.W.T., woman with arson in connection with a house fire in the community three weeks ago.

On Aug. 31, a fire damaged the front door and door frame of a house on Smith Street.

Police say a witness reported hearing a smoke alarm. She approached the residence and could see smoke coming from the area around the front door. A second witness also saw the smoke and assisted in opening the door.

A person was found sleeping in the residence and was taken to safety.

Jessica Pokiak, 27, has been charged with arson and is scheduled to appear in territorial court on Nov. 27 in Aklavik.