Yellowknife RCMP respond to two calls of arson overnight

August 16, 2023
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

News release

The Yellowknife RCMP responded to two calls relating to arsons in the city during the night of August 15th.

Around 10:03 p.m., RCMP officers on patrol spotted a fire near Long Lake and called the Yellowknife Fire Department. The cause of the fire has been determined to be an arson. A witness in the area reported seeing two men running from the area wearing black clothing. The Northwest Territories Police Dog Service attended in an effort to track the suspects but they were not located. No further description of the men could be provided and this matter remains under investigation.

At 11:21 p.m., the Yellowknife RCMP received a call reporting that four females were attempting to light a fire in a small green space on Burwash Drive. RCMP officers immediately attended the area and located the four youth females. RCMP arrested all four and found aerosol cans and lighters in their possession and near the scene. Video of this incident was captured on a nearby camera at a private residence. All four of the female youths have been charged with arson.

"It should go without having to be said, incidents like these pose a very serious risk to our community. A significant fire behind the cities line of defence could have devastating consequences and take valuable resources away from the on-going wildfire fighting efforts that are underway. It is completely beyond understanding that in the face of everything going on in the territory and the threat approaching our city, that people would actively attempt to start fires and endanger our community members. The RCMP will investigate these incidents to the fullest," Cpl. Matt Halstead. Northwest Territories RCMP Media Relations.

Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to contact the Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or In the event of an emergency call, 911.


Contact information

Cpl. Matt Halstead
Media Relations Officer
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT

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