Fire officials in Inuvik say evidence suggests a person is responsible for setting a second fire in a home in the town early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Jim Sawkins says he saw splash patterns on the stairs of residence on Kugmallit Street, indicating the use of an accelerant. He says it started on the residence's back porch.

"The sad part is, these units on Kugmallit are inhabited. Somebody set the fire. It’s more serious in nature, they’re not abandoned."

The fire department received the call around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Sawkins was the first on the scene and used a personal extinguisher. A pumper truck was later called to the scene and put the fire out Tuesday morning.

This is the second fire that's happened in the same neighbourhood in less than 24 hours.

On Monday night, firefighters were called to an abandoned rowhouse on Inuit Road. That fire was extinguished in about two hours.