Fire at police headquarters leads to arson charge for Kingston resident

Kingston Police Headquarters on Division Street. Photo by First Response Media.

A local individual is facing charges after allegedly starting a fire in the vestibule of Kingston Police headquarters.

Around 3:45 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, the accused reportedly entered the front lobby vestibule of Kingston Police headquarters at 705 Division Street.

According to a release from Kingston Police, the accused walked over to a phone in the vestibule, removed a lighter from a pocket, and then began setting the phone on fire. The accused then exited the vestibule and proceeded on foot toward Division Street.

“The incident was captured on security cameras and officers immediately attended the vestibule where the phone was now fully engulfed in flames,” Kingston Police stated. “The fire was promptly extinguished, and police located and arrested the accused who was walking away from the scene while still on the perimeter of the property.”

The accused, who police said is now in custody, was escorted back inside police headquarters where they were reportedly held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for KIngston Police, confirmed that the phone actually caught fire, but said he could not speak to the motivation of the accused individual. He added that the fire was extinguished “extremely quickly” by officers in the building, and that the phone will need to be replaced due to the damage.

A 48-year-old local individual was charged with arson and mischief under $5,000.

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