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Woman medevaced to Edmonton with 'serious injuries' after Kam Lake fire

The RCMP and the N.W.T. fire marshal's office are investigating the fire, which also led to the death of two dogs.

A building behind Yellowknife's Arctic Farmer appears to have burned, 2 dogs died in the fire

Emergency crews responded to a fire in the Kam Lake neighbourhood Wednesday evening. (Randi Beers/CBC)

A woman has been medevaced to Edmonton with "serious injuries" following a fire in Yellowknife's Kam Lake area Wednesday evening, RCMP said in a media release Thursday morning.

Two dogs also died during the fire, the RCMP said.

Emergency crews in Yellowknife responded to the fire on Drybones Drive, in the Kam Lake industrial park on Wednesday. According to a release from the RCMP, the fire occurred at about 7:20 p.m.

The fire appeared to have damaged a building behind Arctic Farmer, a landscaping and nursery business.

RCMP, municipal enforcement, fire crews and an ambulance were on scene at about 8:30 p.m. At that point, the fire appeared to be under control.

According to the release, RCMP are assisting the N.W.T. fire marshal's office in an investigation into the fire.

The woman has been identified as Maria Eklund, an animal health technician for Great Slave Animal Hospital, in a GoFundMe page. It was started Thursday afternoon by her long-time friend Amy Maund.

"She gives a lot to the community through helping animals, especially dogs ... She's just a great person overall," Maund said.

"She lost everything last night in the fire including two of her beloved dogs. She's going to have a long recovery, so it'd be nice for her to have a little bit of a cushion while she recovers to kind of get things back together again."

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Arctic Farmer said it will accept donations at an open house on Saturday for Maria.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP at 867-669-1111 or through Crimestoppers.