The investigation into a fire that occurred over the weekend has been handed off to Kingston Police and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, Kingston Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire in the Kingscourt-Rideau District of Kingston, just north of Concession Street. There, on Fergus Street, large flames could be seen from surrounding houses, and smoke quickly filled the air. Frontenac Paramedics were also dispatched to the address, and were swiftly followed by Kingston Police, who blocked off Fergus Street on either end of the block.
According to the local fire department, the blaze began on the northwest side of the building in the rear unit. The fire was knocked down by around 9:30 p.m., but firefighters remained on scene for three hours monitoring for hot spots.
“There was heavy fire damage to the rear unit and no damage to the front unit. The on-scene portion of the investigation is complete, and the fire remains under investigation,” Kingston Fire & Rescue told Kingstonist, noting that the local police and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) were contacted to investigate.
Crews were dispatched to the address again in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, and either a Kingston Police or a Kingston Fire & Rescue vehicle remained at the site of the fire throughout the weekend.
While no one was injured, three people were displaced by the fire, according to Kingston Fire & Rescue, who shared that the Red Cross is currently assisting one of those people, while the others were able to find their own accommodations. In total, the fire caused approximately $250,000 in damages.
Kingston Fire & Rescue would not comment further on the incident, citing the ongoing police and the OFM investigation.
For their part, Kingston Police confirmed that they are currently investigating the incident, but could not share many details at this time. Pressed for information on whether the fire has been deemed suspicious, Kingston Police’s Media Relations Officer, Constable Anthony Colangeli responded.
“I can confirm it’s a criminal investigation,” he said.
Kingstonist will provide further coverage if/when more information becomes available.