Whitehorse Daily Star

Blaze badly damages rail car

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of an early-morning fire that has heavily damaged a railway car along the Whitehorse waterfront.

By Whitehorse Star on November 23, 2021

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of an early-morning fire that has heavily damaged a railway car along the Whitehorse waterfront.

A social media post from the Whitehorse Fire Department stated, “At approximately 1 a.m. (Tuesday), fire crews were dispatched to a ‘shed fire’ at Front and Wood streets.

“Upon arrival, firefighters discovered that the ‘shed’ was actually the trolley car located on the tracks to the north side of the station.

“There was heavy smoke and fire venting from the trolley car upon arrival.”

The red car is not to be confused with the antique yellow and white trolley that took passengers back and forth along the waterfront between 2000 and 2018.

“The (red) car was fully involved and firefighters attacked the fire and achieved knock down fairly quickly,” the fire department said.

“Crews continued with operations, including interior attack and search.”

Nothing was found inside.

The scene was secured until the fire investigation could commence later today.

As of late this morning, fire chief Jason Everitt said he had no further details about the blaze.

According to sources at the MacBride Museum, the self-propelled car is known as the Red Line. It’s a replica of an earlier model, and it dates back to the late 1990s.

It was purchased by the White Pass and Yukon Route railway in 1998 to take hikers between Fraser and Lake Bennett, B.C. The Yukon government eventually bought it, and it’s been used for some interpretive events.

Comments (11)

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North_of_60 on Nov 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Unfortunate that the museum didn't have the good sense to store it in the engine house.

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Groucho d'North on Nov 27, 2021 at 9:02 am

Hmmm, looks like history is repeating but which one? The sternwheelers Casa and Whitehorse burned because of homeless people cooking breakfast in one of the old boats. The SS Tutshi in Carcross burned due to arson. More of our history is gone as the result, whatever the cause.

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martin on Nov 25, 2021 at 8:29 pm

@Wilf Carter ... how did they get into ? Same way people used to get into the Old Fed Bldg. Everybody knew the access.

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TheHammer on Nov 24, 2021 at 8:34 pm

Thomas Brewer@ "it's obvious this is arson by miscreants...' Wrong, this is done by ordinary Canadians bored stiff in a meaningless cultural wasteland. In the same way we can take your usual opinions as the product of a vacuous bored stiff imagination, making incendiary comments.

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TheHammer on Nov 24, 2021 at 8:23 pm

We are moving in the direction of surveillance cameras everywhere.

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Wilf Carter on Nov 24, 2021 at 7:57 am

Was there people living in it because they had no where else to go? If so, how did they get into it? It makes since if someone was living in it, makes a fire to keep warm and it got out of hand.

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Wilf Carter on Nov 24, 2021 at 7:53 am

Crime rate going way too high in our city - people are getting harmed because of it.

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bonanzajoe on Nov 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm

The usual who are ingrained in CRT and can't handle history.

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Josey Wales on Nov 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm

Was it being temporary used as a church?
Churches apparently can spontaneously combust, near a hundred did just last year.
I really doubt it was arson, we have a ski hill remember.

And we don’t have any criminals here. So says the state broadcaster with the chronic narrative.

TCM...train cars matter.

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Matthew on Nov 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm

So.. I'm sure giving out free drugs has nothing to do with the recent crime wave..

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Thomas Brewer on Nov 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Given that there's zero way this could have self combusted, it's obvious this is arson by miscreants... where's the security cameras??

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