Garage fire leads to approximately $180k in damages

Large flames and billowing smoke extend from the garage fire at a home on Alfred Street on the morning of Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023. Submitted photo.

Update (Friday, Apr. 21, 2023):
A friend of the family whose garage was demolished by fire have put together a fundraising campaign for the family as they work to rebuild and recover.

According to a GoFundMe campaign, a “close friend” of the family that lives in the home where a fire broke out on the morning of Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023, started the fundraising effort “to support them in recovering from their house fire in Kingston.” The campaign has a goal of raising $2,000, and can be viewed on the GoFundMe website.


Original article (Thursday, Apr. 21, 2023):
A fire that broke out in the garage of an Alfred Street residents had firefighters on scene for nearly four hours ensuring the flames and hot spots were extinguished – but even that couldn’t prevent tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

Just after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023, Kingston Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a structure fire in the 700 block of Alfred Street, near the intersection of Alfred Street, Alfred Crescent, and Barbara Avenue. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke and flames visible from the street, stemming from a fire in the garage of the residence.

Neighbours watch as smoke travels over the neighbourhood from a garage fire on Alfred Street. Submitted photo.

The fire sent plumes of dark smoke up over the neighbourhood, but luckily no injuries were reported as a result.

“The fire is not considered suspicious,” Kingston Fire and Rescue said in response to Kingstonist inquiries. “While the exact cause is undetermined, the fire started in the area of charging batteries.

According to the local fire department, the cost of the damages to the structure itself are estimated at $125,000, but the damages were not contained to the garage. A further estimated $20,000 in damages were sustained by the adjacent residence, and the owners of the property where the fire broke out lost approximately $35,000 in damaged contents.

While residents of the home were using garden hoses in an effort to extinguish the flames when firefighters arrived, Kingston Fire and Rescue would like to remind residents that they do not encourage citizens to attempt to fight large fires “due to the risk of injury from toxic smoke, flames, and exploding aerosol cans, etc.”

Although there have been a number or large fires in the Kingston area over the past month or so, Kingston Fire and Rescue said there doesn’t seem to be any connection between the incidents. The fire department encourages residents to complete their online home fire safety inspection checklist to reduce the risk of fire and/or injury.

Kingston Fire and Rescue crews remained on scene tending to hot spots and ensure the situation was safe until 11:34 a.m. the same day.

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