An office building in Igloolik caught fire sometime around 6 a.m. Thursday.

Assistant senior administrative officer Celestino Uyarak says the building housed the income support office, and the hamlet's probation officer and government liaison officer also worked there.

Igloolik fire

The fire began sometime around 6 a.m. Thursday. (Elisapee Quassa)


No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Uyarak says the building is a "total loss"

"We're not sure how this fire started," Uyarak said. "Right now it's under the investigation of local RCMP and the fire department, and hopefully in the next couple of days we'll be able to determine how this fire started."