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Early morning fire destroys grocery store in Igloolik, Nunavut

January 21, 2021
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 21, 2021, Igloolik, Nunavut – A fire has destroyed a grocery and retail store in Igloolik, Nunavut.

Photos on social media from the community of about 1,600 show orange flames and black smoke bursting from the Artic Co-op store.

Qaatani Sarpinak, who lives in Igloolik, says the fire started after 4 a.m. and he saw ammunition exploding and vapour coming from propane tanks inside the store.

Duane Wilson, vice-president of stakeholder relations with Arctic Co-operatives, says the fire is still burning and it’s too early to tell what caused it, but no one has been hurt.

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Wilson says an emergency response team has assembled at the Co-op to support urgent needs like fuel delivery.

The store is one of only two grocery outlets in Igloolik.