City crews block the road to Iqaluit’s dump as firefighters continue to fight a fire there Wednesday morning. (Photo by David Venn) David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Published 08:37 Apr 06, 2022

By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The City of Iqaluit is asking residents on trucked water services to conserve water as firefighters fight a fire at the city’s dump that has been ongoing since early Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to the fire at 2:03 a.m., city spokesperson Aleksey Cameron said in an email.

Nine firefighters and seven city staff members responded, and the airport provided a mobile command post for the team to stay warm.

As of mid-morning the fire was ongoing and an excavator was “working to expose and allow access to a significant hotspot,” Cameron said.

No injuries were reported, and the cause is not known yet.

People are being asked by the city to stay away from the dump while crews continue to extinguish the blaze.

This item reprinted with permission from Nunatsiaq News, Iqaluit, Nunavut