Bates Crescent is partially closed for Riverdale incident investigation

The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting a cause and origin investigation, in coordination with the RCMP, of the November 14 incident in Whitehorse. As a result, Bates Crescent is partially closed – from house numbers 15 to 19 – as of Wednesday, November 22.

The Fire Marshal's Office will focus on determining the cause and origin of the explosion along with any relevant potential public safety details. Although Fire Marshal's Office is working in collaboration with the Yukon RCMP, the cause and origin investigation is separate from the RCMP’s criminal investigation. People are asked to stay clear of the scene to help investigators complete their work, which may take a number of weeks.

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office has opened an investigation into the November 14 incident on Bates Crescent in Whitehorse.

  • The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office is a branch of the Yukon government’s Department of Community Services.

  • Due to the complex nature of the case, a specialized outside investigator will be supporting the investigation.

  • The Yukon government is working with the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon RCMP to minimize the disruption to residents of Bates Crescent. 

Media contact 

Julia Duchesne
Communications, Community Services

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