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There was a serious fire at the Ryder Apartment building on Friday night. A 20-year-old man is in custody for three counts of arson endangering life and four counts of breaching a court order.

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An RCMP officer is seen at the Ryder Apartment on Saturday.

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Investigation into downtown apartment fire continues

Whitehorse RCMP are continuing their investigation into a Friday night apartment fire that injured three people and led to arson charges.

By Tim Giilck on January 11, 2021

Whitehorse RCMP are continuing their investigation into a Friday night apartment fire that injured three people and led to arson charges.

The Whitehorse Fire Department was able to provide only a short brief on the fire at the Ryder Apartment since it is still under investigation.

“As this incident is currently under investigation by Whitehorse RCMP, we are unable to release any additional information from that which has already been released,” fire chief Jason Everitt said.

Firefighters responded to the Yukon Housing Corp. building 6095 Sixth Ave. at 10:38 p.m. for a report of fire alarms ringing.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were observed coming from the structure.

Crews initiated immediate suppression actions to knock the fire down while gaining access to the affected area.

Two occupants were removed, and were administered first aid measures before being transferred to paramedics.

“Further suppression and efforts were undertaken to extinguish the fire and prevent extension to unaffected structures,” the chief said.

“Significant damage was sustained to the structure, which required alternative accommodations to be arranged for displaced residents.” 

The blaze is still under investigation by the department’s fire investigator as well as by Whitehorse RCMP.

Police said the apartment building was evacuated and three people remain in Whitehorse General Hospital with injuries.

Police have a 20-year old man in custody for three counts of arson endangering life and four counts of breaching a court order.

The accused was to have a court appearance over the weekend.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be laid, police said.

Please contact police at 667-5555 if you have any information that may be relevant to the investigation.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers online here or via phone at 667-6715.

The housing corporation could provide no comment on arrangements for the tenants by press time this afternoon.

Comments (9)

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 13, 2021 at 11:23 pm

A camera might cut down on the number of visitors coming and going.. criminals don't like cameras even if they are just walking by, they will turn their heads.. And in a case like this, it might make identification faster.

I don't know where all this consistent crime is going to end. When the police cannot protect us, and the courts refuse to protect us.. I am not prepared to be robbed or A B and E, or car theft, but I am old and really, as hard as I might try, I could not stop it. But a 30 year old with a baseball bat could. Criminals think they are safe.. much like sticking your finger out to cross the street.. my finger is out..so you can't run over me. uh huh. A couple of years ago, I was living in a rougher neighborhood, I came home and someone was in my place..I called the RCMP, they responded right away, and got the guy. He came back the next morning at 9: am to get his gloves that he left on my table. THAT is criminal mentality in the Yukon. I don't know about other places. But if vigilante justice ever gets going here, criminals are in for a really hard time.

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Natalie Hare on Jan 12, 2021 at 10:49 am

Sorry I’m not sure how cameras would have prevented this... while I fully agree I don’t think your comments are relevant right now. This one individual just ruined a lot of lives from this... he should rot in jail forever in my personal opinion. I don’t believe in rehabilitation or second chances for psychos. Sorry, not sorry.

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moose101 on Jan 12, 2021 at 9:21 am

Another upstanding citizen heading to correctional facility and he has already been before the courts - I guess he didn't care about breaching his 4 court orders. Oh, by the way, this upstanding citizen will get his covid 19 shots long before any of us because we have to have respect for him. I wonder what respect he had for the 3 people that he sent to hospital ?

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donna johnston on Jan 11, 2021 at 9:03 pm

Matthew I agree with you - I live across the street - 90 percent of the residents are law abiding citizens - but for low income people - lot's of taxis coming and going at all hours - on a daily basis there are RCMP, ambulances or fire trucks - I do think cameras would be a good idea.

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Wilf Carter on Jan 11, 2021 at 8:26 pm

Looking at data, the crime rate has jumped 21% in Yukon and our police have not got a 21% in funds to fight crime. Crime rate in Canada is going up by 7% over the last 3 years. Drugs are one of the causes of the crime rate increases in Canada and Yukon.

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Guncache on Jan 11, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Why even have a court appearance. Like all Yukon criminal scum, nothing will happen to this person.

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Thomas Brewer on Jan 11, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Name this dangerous nutcase!

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JC on Jan 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

And I'm sure the perp will be released on his/her own recognizance with the same old behave conditions.

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Matthew on Jan 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

I wonder why community housing doesn't have cameras installed at entry ways? I mean it's not new that a lot of riff raff happens on these sites..

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