Inuvik, N.W.T., Lions Club burns down

The Lions Club in Inuvik burned to the ground early Monday morning. The RCMP is calling the fire suspicious.

Building had been in town since late 1960s

The fire, which completely destroyed the building, has been deemed suspicious by the RCMP. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

The Lions Club in Inuvik, N.W.T., burned to the ground early Monday morning.

The fire was reported at the volunteer organization at about 2 a.m. Monday. There is almost nothing left now.

The RCMP say they consider the fire to be suspicious. The territory’s fire marshal is expected to visit the site Monday.

Chris Garven is a long-time volunteer with the club, which works with the blind and does other charity work in the community.

"Historic photos, pennants, plaques — it's all gone. It's really a devastating loss not only for the Lions Club but also, I think, for the town as well, because I think the Lions Club has been a big part of Inuvik history," said Garven.

The building itself had been in Inuvik since the late 1960s.

Tonight, the club was scheduled to host a barbeque for the Aboriginal Pipeline Group. That has now been moved to the town’s greenhouse.