Update: Damages exceed $1MEast-end Kingston home destroyed in fire, neighbouring houses damaged

Update (Friday, Mar. 4, 2022)
The cause behind the fire that ravaged a Pauline Tom Avenue home and caused extensive damages to those houses on either side of it remains unknown days later, according to Kingston Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters employ a boom lift to fight the fire within a Pauline Tom Avenue home from above. The cause of the fire on Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022 remains unknown, according to Kingston Fire and Rescue. Photo by Logan Cadue.

What caused the blaze, which kept firefighters on their toes for well over 12 hours, is unlikely to come to light due to the condition of the house in question as a result of the incident.

“Kingston Fire and Recue (KFR) completed their investigation into the Pauline Tom Avenue fire and, due to the fire damage that occurred, it cannot be determined the exact cause of the fire,” the City of Kingston communicated via email, noting that it seems the fire was started accidentally.

All told, the cost of damages to the property — as well as those flanking it — are estimated at $1,100,000, according to Kingston Fire and Rescue.

Original article (Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022)

An early-morning fire at a residence in Kingston’s east end has resulted in a full day of activity for local emergency services.

Kingston Fire and Rescue crews utilize a boom lift over a residence on Pauline Tom Avenue after a fire broke out some time before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022. The fire took multiple hours to knock down and damaged the adjacent houses. Photo by Logan Cadue.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to an active fire call on Pauline Tom Avenue, located just off Highway 15 near Innovation Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found a home in the 100 block of Pauline Tom Avenue under heavy fire and smoke conditions, Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) relayed later in the day.

The fire required 10 KFR vehicles and 30 firefighters and took hours to knock down. Black smoke billowed from upper-level windows of the house, as the -6C temperatures made work difficult for local firefighters. While many of the windows of the house were blown out as a result of the fire, which blackened window frames and melted vinyl siding, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze. KFR personnel remained on scene throughout the day and into the evening, monitoring for hotspots, investigating the incident, and assessing the damage.

KFR had not yet calculated the approximate cost of the fire damage by time of publication; however, it appears the house was gutted by the flames and severely damaged as a result. Additionally, the two houses on either side of the residence where the fire broke out sustained major damage, including melted and charred siding, collapsed eavestroughs and roofing, and broken windows.

Area residents, many of whom were awakened by the fire and flurry of activity, immediately showed concern for their neighbours, and a fundraising project was set up well before noon on March 2 to assist the family displaced by the fire.

“I have spoken with the family of the house fire on Pauline Tom this morning,” Britt Brown wrote in a post to a private neighbourhood Facebook group. “… the homeowner would be forever grateful for the help for herself and her son, so I told her I will collect and get it to her.”

Brown plans to collect donations of cash, e-transferred funds, or gift cards. She stated that she’d opted out of creating a GoFundMe account, as GoFundMe takes a substantial portion of the funds raised, and those funds cannot be accessed immediately. Anyone wanting to donate can send an e-transfer to Brittany.renni[email protected], or contact her at that email address to arrange for donation drop-offs.

“The family sends their sincere gratefulness to the community for any help and support,” Brown wrote.

Additional offers of support came from others, including The Cove Waterfront Grill on Highway 2, who offered “lunch or dinner, free of charge, to anyone who has been displaced or affected by this fire.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Kingstonist will update this article if/when more information becomes available.

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