Arsons, suspicious fires occurring at `alarming rate’ in Nunavik

By Cedric Gallant  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Of the 70 fires reported in Nunavik last year, 20 were arson or of suspicious origin, according to Kativik Regional Government civil security director Craig Lingard. “It is something we have noticed in previous years, and it is getting to an alarming rate,” Lingard said at a meeting of KRG regional council Tuesday that Nunavik Police Service took charge of files from 29 of the fires for investigation. This graph shows fire losses reported in Nunavik communities over the past five years. (Graphic courtesy of Kativik Regional Government) Arson is suspected to be the cause of two of the region’s most costly blazes that occurred in 2022, a residential fire in Kangiqsujuaq that had a material loss of more than $1.5 million, and…

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