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Fort Smith tourist centre gutted by fire

The Tourist Information Centre in Fort Smith, N.W.T., has suffered extensive damage after a fire on New Year's Day.

RCMP, fire marshal investigating cause

Firefighters are seen here battling the flames, which completely engulfed the tourist centre in Fort Smith, N.W.T. (Laurie Young)

The Tourist Information Centre in Fort Smith, N.W.T., has suffered extensive damage after a fire on New Year’s Day.

Officials got the call about the fire at about 10 p.m. Jan.1. The Fort Smith Volunteer Fire Department managed to fight the blaze and extinguish it.

Wes Heron, with the Yellowknife RCMP, said the damage to the building is extensive.

"The structure is a long-ish log building but it’s completely gutted on the inside. The roof apparently has collapsed into the interior. The logs of the walls are all charred and damaged. It would be safe to say the building is a complete write-off," said Heron.

There are no injuries as a result of the fire. 

A press release from the RCMP said both its forensic unit and the Northwest Territories Fire Marshal’s office are investigating. They’re also asking for help from the public in getting information about the blaze.

Heron said there is no reason to believe the fire was caused by arson.

"It’s still early in the investigation and of course once the fire marshal and our people have completed their investigation they’ll make, you could say, a call at that point as to what the cause of the fire was," said Heron.

The building was closed for the winter at the time.

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