A woman is safe after escaping from a house fire in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Saturday morning.

RCMP Sgt. Ben Parry said the police were alerted to the fire on Niptanatiak Road at around 8 a.m. local time.

He said the woman awoke to find the house on fire and full of smoke. She got out and ran across the street to a neighbour’s house.

"The single occupant was actually quite lucky to get out of the house, given how covered with soot she was and the stage of the fire," he said.

"I think this was very close to being a fire where somebody would be seriously injured. She was very, very lucky."

Fire chief Gordon Hikomak said the house has been destroyed. Crews had difficulty with a switch affecting the water pressure for the fire truck. The fire took a couple hours to extinguish.

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, Hikomak told CBC News that the woman who escaped said she had been drinking and fell asleep while she had food cooking.

She was treated at the local health centre.

Parry said incidents like these should remind people to check the batteries in their smoke detectors at least twice a year.