The NT RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been actively investigating the fire that occurred in the Hay River high rise on March 15, 2019. The Office of the Fire Marshall was also conducting a fire investigation.
On March 17, 2019, the Fire Marshall 's office preliminary findings indicated intentionality of fire. MCU continued with a criminal investigation. The investigation was lengthy and involved several support services and agencies. In the end, the criminal investigation did not yield evidence to support criminal charges. The file is now closed.
"The fire greatly affected many people, and we continue to extend our sympathies to them. While this may not be the news they wanted to hear, it is important to remember that should new evidence or information come forward, the investigation can be re-opened" states Cpl Greg Morrow, NT RCMP Major Crimes.