Hay River RCMP investigating high-rise fire, ask for public’s help


A fire that displaced over 100 Mackenzie Place residents last week is being investigated by police in Hay River – and they’re turning to the public for help.

Mounties are asking anyone who may have information about the blaze – which broke out on the afternoon of March 15 – to come forward. That includes anyone who may have “photographs and/or video” of the “incident,” states a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

“What may seem like a regular photo could provide valuable information to this investigation,” states RCMP Const. Heather Cosenzo in the news release.

A fire broke out in an apartment on the 11th floor of Hay River’s Mackenzie Place – commonly referred to as the highrise – on the afternoon of March 15.
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The blaze broke out on the 11th floor of the apartment building. No one was injured.

One-hundred-and-twenty-five residents of the building, known locally as the Hay River high-rise, were left in limbo following Friday’s fire.

Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to call RCMP at 867-669-1111.

Updates to follow.

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