A house fire in the Rideau Heights neighbourhood in Kingston’s north end has resulted in over $200,000 in estimated cost of damages and the apparent death of a dog.
The fire broke out at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28. 2021, and began in a room at the back of the residence in the 100 block of Ford Street, according to a neighbouring witness who reported having initially called the fire into emergency services. Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) and Frontenac Paramedic Services were dispatched to the call.
Five units from the local fire department responded to the call, and firefighters observed flames coming from the house upon arrival, according to KFR. While it was initially unknown whether there were any occupants inside the home, KFR reported that the fire was knocked down fairly quickly – within approximately 20 minutes – and a search of the house found no residents inside. However, firefighters did locate a deceased dog within the residence, KFR said.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, according to KFR. Kingston Police were not called in to assist with the incident.
The local fire department said the estimated cost of damages incurred during the fire are approximately $250,000.
Kingstonist will update this article if/when the cause of the fire is becomes known.