Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Youths in Custody after Fire Destroys Iqaluit's Largest Grocery Store

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Youths in Custody after Fire Destroys Iqaluit's Largest Grocery Store

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Two arrested in after fire destroys Nunavut store

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IQALUIT, Nunavut - Two Iqaluit youths are in custody after a series of fires earlier this week in the Nunavut capital, including one that damaged the city's largest store and grocer.

RCMP said Friday charges of arson and disregard for human life are pending against the pair, who are not identified.

"As the investigation progresses we'll be able to release more details," said Const. Danielle Pollock.

Officers responded to six fires over the span of six hours between late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The largest began at the back of the Northmart building. Patrolling RCMP officers noticed smoke at about 1:40 a.m. and evacuated the store's employees. The fire grew quickly and eventually destroyed much of the building.

More than just a grocer, Northmart offered everything from clothes to furniture to snowmobiles, as well as places to eat or sit for a coffee. …

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