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Fire destroys contents of Joseph Street apartment

Kingston Fire and Rescue crews work to clear out an apartment on Joseph Street following a fire on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Photo by First Response Media.

The lone occupant of a Joseph Street apartment was taken to hospital following a fire that destroyed all contents of the unit.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to the report of a structure fire at the apartment building located at 37 Joseph Street in downtown Kingston. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front side of Unit 6, on the south side of the building.

“Quick entry and a very aggressive fire attack resulted in a quick knock down of this fire,” Kingston Fire and Rescue Platoon Chief Shawn Babcock said in a press release on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

“Primary and secondary searches were started immediately, and an ‘all clear’ benchmark given to both searches in this unit.”

Kingston Fire and Rescue blocked off access to the apartment building on Joseph Street while dealing with the fire, which was contained to one unit at the back of the building. Photo by First Response Media.

The lone occupant of Unit 6 was outside when fire crews arrived and was taken to Kingston General Hospital by ambulance with unknown conditions. All residents from adjoining units were evacuated for the duration of the fire.

With the fire knocked down, fire crews began salvage and overhaul operations immediately. Kingston Fire and Rescue reports no fire or damage to any other exposed areas of the apartment complex – all damage was contained to Unit 6. All units were tested for smoke and gas conditions before re-entry was granted. No members of Kingston Fire and Rescue or any other responding agencies were injured during the fire.

The fire caused extensive damage to Unit 6, and all contents within the unit were destroyed during the fire. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and under investigation by Kingston Fire and Rescue. At this time, the estimated cost of damages is unknown.

Kingstonist will provide updates on this matter as more information becomes available.

Firefighters with Kingston Fire and Rescue speak to one another while dealing with an apartment fire on Joseph Street on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Photo by First Response Media.
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