Updated: Cause of fatal fire, victim’s name released

“Smoking materials” have been cited as the cause of a fatal weekend apartment fire that claimed the life of 55-year-old Karen Petersen. “The cause is suspected to be smoking material too close to combustibles,” NWT fire marshal Chucker Dewar told Yellowknifer Friday. “Smoking materials,” Dewar said, range from cigarettes to matches and lighters. Petersen was pronounced dead...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.