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Emergency services respond to fire at Yellowknife's Birchwood Apartments

A fire at Yellowknife’s Birchwood Apartments, near the city’s École St Joseph School, closed Range Lake Rd. for several hours Sunday.

City says no one was injured in fire

Emergency services responded to a fire at Yellowknife's Birchwood Apartments Sunday morning, closing a stretch of Range Lake Rd. (John Last/CBC)

A fire at Yellowknife's Birchwood Apartments drew a sizeable response from emergency services and closed Range Lake Rd. for several hours Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services responded around 11 a.m. Sunday to smoke and flames at the apartments at 488 Range Lake Rd., across from École St. Joseph School. Two fire trucks and an ambulance attended the scene, with RCMP and municipal enforcement division vehicles stopping traffic on the adjacent stretch of road.

Residents were seen standing outside in the -30 C weather, speaking to fire crews as they ran hoses into the building and donned oxygen tanks. But by 12:30 p.m. Sunday, one of two fire trucks and the ambulance had departed the scene.

The City of Yellowknife, which manages fire services, does not respond to media requests on weekends and could not be reached for comment, but later issued a brief press release on the incident.

"The fire was detected early and [Yellowknife Fire Department] responded quickly," it read in part. "The fire was contained and no injuries occurred."

The RCMP also does not respond to media requests on weekends, and could not be reached for comment.

Fire crews speak to evacuated residents outside Birchwood Apartments. The weather was a chilly -30 C Sunday morning. (John Last/CBC)

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