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CHARRED AFTERMATH – Fire seriously damaged the Ryder Apartment building at Sixth Avenue and Lambert Street last Friday night. A 20-year-old man has been charged with arson.

Some residents back in fire-stricken building

Some of the tenants displaced by the fire at the Ryder Apartment at Sixth Avenue and Lambert Street were able to return home on Monday.

By Tim Giilck on January 12, 2021

Some of the tenants displaced by the fire at the Ryder Apartment at Sixth Avenue and Lambert Street were able to return home on Monday.

The building was the site of a fire that has ended with arson charges against a 20-year-old man. The blaze broke out at about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.

The building is owned and managed by the Yukon Housing Corp.

Sarah Murray, a spokesperson for the corporation, was able to provide some more information to the Star late Monday afternoon.

“Our priority is making sure that the tenants who were affected have a safe place to stay alongside support services after such a traumatic event,” she said.

“With assistance from the Department of Health and Social Services, we were able to temporarily house our tenants safely in a local hotel and ensure that people affected had access to necessities like food, medication and clean clothing as well as access to mental health supports.”

Murray said there were 23 occupied apartments in the building.

All residents were temporarily housed over the weekend by the corporation.

“Today, Monday, Jan. 11, we are able to move the majority of the residents back in to Ryder Apartments,” Murray said.

“For tenants whose homes are unsafe to return to, we will continue to provide longer-term temporary housing until we can relocate them to another apartment.”

Three people were hospitalized due to the fire. According to social media reports, at least one was in critical condition.

The Star has reached out to the mother of that victim, who is believed to be heading to the Yukon from the Northwest Territories. She has not responded yet.

Several people are organizing fundraisers and offering other assistance to the building’s residents over Facebook.

Comments (4)

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JC on Jan 13, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Patti Eyre: Like the old Colonel once said, "you can't handle the truth". And remember Speaker of the US House of Representative used to like saying, she prays for Donald Trump. Now, for the second time, she is leading the charge to impeachment. So, be careful what you pray for.

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Patti Eyre on Jan 13, 2021 at 11:22 am

I feel sad for you and pity you, Josie. I will also pray for you.

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Josey Wales on Jan 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

Gee...given the threat to "public safety" we need to IMMEDIATELY cease all travel into Whitehorse from "the communities"
Would give WGH a break, allow the RCMP to enjoy a coffee uninterrupted, purge the epic bloat in our beyond off the charts dysfunctional court legal system.
In the interests of "public safety" this travel ban need be applied a.s.a.p. I demand such that others be detained for my person comfort.

Oh yeah... MY freedoms end when someone's fear begins...forgot... guess that chapter never sunk in well enough during my "re-education" classes unlearning all I knew as real is actually unreal.

Re-offending POS can and DO kill folks each day in Canada, some get stabbed, some get shot...in this case?
Fire is the medium, and our empathy is the lubricity that keeps it all humming along.
B.O.L.E. has, does and will kill, maim, rape, traumatize more folks than thee...
" we are all in this together" façade/ Psychological Operation.
Defied a court order eh? Who wudda ever guessed that would happen?

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JC on Jan 12, 2021 at 8:08 pm

The name of the perp still hasn't been released. I wonder why? Oh wait, silly me.

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