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Arson has not been ruled out as a possible cause of a fire that burned the band office at York Factory First Nation to the ground.
Officers from the rural Thompson RCMP and investigators from the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner are on site at the remote community located approximately 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
York Landing is the townsite for the York Factory First Nation, which is a fly-in community with a registered population of 1,132 people as of 2010.
The fire was reported to Thompson RCMP about 4 a.m. Saturday. The cause has not been determined and arson is one possibility for the blaze, said Sgt. Line Karpish. No one was injured.
RCMP flew a teenaged boy out of York Landing Monday morning, after reports he had threatened to burn down the band offices, some community members reported.
"They took somebody out for uttering threats against the band office," one community member said by phone. She asked her name not be made public. "They said he said he was going to burn the band office down."
The teenager was about 15 or 16 years old.
Francis Saunders, the band’s income assistance administrator, said he, too, had heard a similar report about the teenager the RCMP flew out but he was not in a position to confirm it.
The band offices housed most of the First Nation’s administrative, social, government and communications services. Child and family services, the education authority, chief and council and band administration offices, as well as the welfare services and the CHYL community radio station were located in the building.
Chief and council were reported to have relocated to an economic development office where they were working on setting up a temporary band office.