Apartment fire leads to estimated $165,000 in damages

Tenants look on as smoke spills from a Gardiners Road apartment building while Kingston Fire & Rescue crews attempt to knock down flames on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. Submitted photo.

A fire at an apartment building in one of the busiest areas of Kingston has resulted in costly damages, but luckily no injuries, according to the local fire department.

As many in the city hunkered down after the winter storm on Friday brought Kingston’s first real dumping of snow this winter, a fire broke out at the apartment building located at 920 Gardiners Road, directly across Gardiners Road from the Cataraqui Centre, at approximately 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. Crews from Kingston Fire & Rescue arrived on scene at approximately 2:15 p.m., and were there for about four hours, knocking down the fire and subsequently monitoring for hot spots and venting the building.

The fire was contained to one apartment, the fire department told Kingstonist in an email, and fire damages occurred in that apartment (on the second floor) and in some areas of the corridor. And while all tenants on the third floor of the building were displaced by the incident, Kingston Fire & Rescue relayed that all of those tenants were able to find other accommodations.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, the fire department said, however, the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario has been contacted and is expected to complete a follow-up investigation “at some point this week.”

The estimated cost of damages associated with the fire is $165,000, Kingston Fire & Rescue said.

This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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