Update (Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020, 2:25 p.m.): A local woman has been charged with arson in relation to this incident.
A fire at the Knights Inn motel on Princess Street resulted in a joint investigation by Kingston Fire and Rescue, Kingston Police, and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall.
The fire broke out in one unit of the motel on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to the fire at approximately 10:23 a.m. that day, and crews worked quickly to knock down the fire. However, the investigation into the fire had members from all three emergency response agencies on the scene for over 24 hours.
Fire Inspectors arrived on the scene shortly after the fire was extinguished to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Frontenac Paramedic Services also attended the incident and remained on scene for a number of hours. By 3 p.m. the same day, Kingston Police had arrived to assist with the investigation, and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall was called in and attended the scene later that evening.
Just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, Kingston Fire and Rescue had completed the fire investigation in conjunction with Kingston Police and an investigator from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall. While the fire scene examination has been completed, the incident remains under investigation, according to Kingston Fire and Rescue.
The fire damage was contained to one unit and caused approximately $10,000 in fire damage, Kingston Fire and Rescue said. No further details are available at this time, however, Kingston Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to keep combustible items one meter (three feet) from all heating sources.
Anyone with knowledge or information regarding this fire are encouraged to contact Kingston Police at 613-549-4660 ext. 0.
Tips can also be made anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and requesting to remain anonymous, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).