RCMP in the N.W.T. are reminding the public of fire safety after a 34-year-old man received serious burns due to a fire in his porch.

Police received a report of a house fire in the Reindeer Point neighbourhood early Sunday morning, a news release says.

A 34-year-old man was awakened by a fire alarm to find a fire inside his porch.

He got out, but received serious, non-life-threatening burns and was medevaced to Inuvik.

Police and the local fire department responded to the alarm, but the house was a complete loss.

Police say the fire is not considered suspicious, but they are using the opportunity to remind people to be safe, especially around Christmas trees and when using electrical appliances. 

They also advice on the importance of fire detectors with working batteries.