Youth charged with arson in Kugluktuk warehouse fire

A young person has been charged with arson in relation to a fire at the small warehouse in Kugluktuk owned by the community co-op on Sept. 1.

Co-op suffered an estimated $115,000 in damage

A fire Sept. 1 destroyed the Kugluktuk Co-op's warehouse and its contents. (submitted by Arctic Co-operatives)

A young person has been charged in relation to a Sept. 1 fire at the small warehouse in Kugluktuk used by the community co-op store.

The early morning fire destroyed a warehouse containing mattresses and clothing​, and fire crews were forced to knock it down. According to a release from RCMP, the Kugluktuk Co-op suffered about $115,000 in damages.

The youth, who cannot be identified, faces three charges: one count of arson, under the Criminal Code, and two counts of breach of probation, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The youth is being held in custody until his first court appearance, set for Sept. 27.

The police say support from the public assisted in their investigation and led to the arrest.

This was the second suspicious fire in Kugluktuk this summer; the first was on Aug. 1 at an unoccupied house undergoing renovations.

RCMP charged a man in the community with arson for that house fire.