Kugluktuk man charged with arson for fire at empty house

A Kugluktuk, Nunavut, man is charged with arson for a fire at an unoccupied house that was undergoing renovations on Aug. 1.

Home was undergoing renovations, no one was hurt

The community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut. The RCMP responded to a call about a suspicious fire at an empty house in the community on Aug. 1. (Steven Whittaker)

A man from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, has been charged with arson for a fire at an unoccupied house undergoing renovations.

The RCMP responded to a call for a suspicious fire at the home at around 4 a.m. on Aug. 1.

The fire was contained and extinguished by the local fire department, and no one was hurt.

"There's still significant damage done to the building," said Cpl. David Lawson with the Nunavut RCMP.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with arson and taken into custody. He will appear in Iqaluit territorial court on Aug. 30.

The RCMP is reminding the public about the negative effects of arson.

"Financial burden, cleaning up the environmental damage fire can cause and the emotional trauma of community members involved," said Lawson.