Two mi­nors in cus­tody af­ter gro­cery store fire

The Western Star - - CANADA -

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Two Iqaluit youths are in cus­tody af­ter a fire dam­aged the largest store and gro­cery re­tailer in the Nunavut cap­i­tal. RCMP say charges of ar­son and dis­re­gard for hu­man life are pend­ing against the pair. Of­fi­cers re­sponded to six fires over the span of six hours early Wed­nes­day.

One of the fires heav­ily dam­aged the North­mart store, one of two gro­cery stores in Iqaluit, a city where gro­ceries have to be ei­ther flown in or shipped in by barge. There were ini­tial con­cerns about food sup­plies, but Iqaluit’s other gro­cery store says it will in­crease its air freight and take over a barge ship­ment orig­i­nally in­tended for its com­peti­tor.

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