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Bearskin Lake fire destroys police station (3 photos)

Nishnawbe-Aski Police say the fire is under investigation

BEARSKIN LAKE FIRST NATION, Ont. — A weekend fire destroyed the detachment and residence used by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service at Bearskin Lake First Nation.

No one was injured in the fire, which broke out Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson for NAPS says arson is not currently suspected, but the blaze remains under investigation.

Two officers assigned to Bearskin Lake will work out of another building until a new detachment that was already under construction is completed.

The temporary location has no lockup, so if anyone is taken into custody they will have to be escorted or flown out to another facility.

The spokesperson said that because of limited resources "due to the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus" there may be delays in completing the fire investigation as well as finishing the new detachment.

Bearskin Lake is about 600 km north of Thunder Bay, and has about 500 residents.

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