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Downtown Kingston fire causes $300,000 damage

The fire in the Modern Primitive building on Princess Street caused about $300,000 in damages. Photo by Mathew Freeman.

Kingston Fire & Rescue investigators have determined that a fire in downtown Kingston on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 caused approximately $300,000 in damages, and are continuing to investigate the fire’s cause.

“On August 4th, 2022 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Kingston Fire & Rescue responded to a 911 call reporting a fire in the 100 Block of Princess Street,” said Delbert Blakney, Fire Inspector with the City of Kingston. “On arrival firefighters found a tarp structure on fire at the rear of a building with extension into a retail establishment on the first floor and a vacant apartment on the second floor.”

Photo by Peter McKenty/The Kingstonist.

Thankfully, no persons were injured and no residential tenants were displaced as a result of this fire, said Blakney in response to Kingstonist inquiries.

The adjoining retail shop closed for the day and an adjacent building experienced minor heat damages, however was able to continue business operations, Blakney confirmed.

The affected structure contains 4 commercial spaces and three apartments, Blakney clarified, and estimated the loss from the fire at about $300,000.

The cause of the fire was “a source external to the building”, Blakney said, and its exact cause remains under investigation.

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