The only gas bar and convenience store in Kispiox has been destroyed by fire.

New Hazelton RCMP Crp. Wenda Leask says fire crews responded to the call at the at approximately 6:30 am this morning.

She says the Kispiox Gas Bar building was completely destroyed but it was set far enough back from the gas tanks to not pose a larger threat.

She says residents in the area will now have to travel about 20 kilometers to get gas.

“And it’s a popular store. That is where everyone goes because that’s the only store out there.”

Leask says investigators are treating the fire as a possible arson due to the fire originating on the outside of the building.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Hazelton RCMP or CrimeStoppers.