Fire claims old post office in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

A fire in Fort Smith, N.W.T., has destroyed the town's old post office. The RCMP is investigating the cause.
Firefighters worked for more than 10 hours to battle the blaze, but the fire completely destroyed the old post office in Fort Smith, N.W.T. (Chris Bird)

A fire in Fort Smith, N.W.T., has destroyed the town’s old post office.

The town’s fire department got the call early Saturday morning. The mayor, Jane Hobart, was at the scene of the fire.

She said crews were forced to knock down parts of the building to keep it from reigniting.

"They responded immediately and due to the unknown nature of what was inside the building, they fought it from the outside." 

Firefighters battled the blaze for more than 10 hours, but the fire completely destroyed the building.

All that remained of the building was the vault, which was there because the old post office used to be a bank. (Chris Bird)

Sgt. Wes Heron said the RCMP said the timing of the fire – just after midnight – makes it suspicious.

"The fire started at an odd hour of the day, we'll say. So these types of things where there's no known cause of the fire our policy is to investigate to try and ascertain the cause," he said.

The building hadn't been used as a post office in more than two decades.

It was privately owned and used for storage.