House fires leave residents of two homes displaced in the same 12 hours

Neighbours look on as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze that left a home on Splinter Court a complete loss on the night of Monday, Jun. 17, 2024. Submitted photo.

The residents of two homes have been displaced following house fires that occurred at each within the same 12 hours.

Luckily, no one was badly injured.

The first fire occurred in the Meadowbrook Park area on Monday, Jun. 17, 2024, located to the east of Centennial Drive and north of Bath Road. Kingston Fire & Rescue responded to the 100 block of Splinter Court at approximately 9:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a deck fire at a residence there.

“On arrival, heavy smoke and flames were visible from the rear of the house. Fire crews exited the truck and proceeded to the rear of the house where they observed heavy flames that spread into the main floor of the house, and attic space,” Kingston Fire & Rescue told Kingstonist the following day.

“Fire crews started to apply water to the deck and attic space. Due to the fast progression of the fire and the building becoming unsafe, fire crews exited the building and switched into a defensive attack.”

According to the local fire department, once the fire was under control, firefighters monitored the property for hot spots, and members of the Fire Prevention unit were called in to “investigate the origin and cause of the fire.”

“Once the on-scene portion of the investigation was complete, the building was turned over to the owner,” Kingston Fire & Rescue said.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time, the fire department relayed, noting that “the fire appears to have started from the outside of the building.” The house is a complete loss, with the cost of associated damages incurred estimated at $900,000.

Overall, Kingston Fire & Rescue crews remained on-scene at the residence for just over six hours.

Then, about six-and-a-half hours after the Splinter Court fire began, fire crews responded to a structure fire on Hudson Drive in the Bayridge area of Kingston’s west end, reported at approximately 4 a.m.

Arriving at a home in the 1000 block of Hudson Drive, “there was a light smell of smoke present,” Kingston Fire & Rescue told Kingstonist in an email.

“When fire crews entered through the front door, they encountered heavy smoke. Fire crews proceeded to the basement and applied water on an electric bicycle. Fire crews removed the electric bike to [the] backyard and ventilated the building,” the fire department stated.

Firefighters remained on scene, monitoring for hot spots and ventilating the building, for approximately two hours. As was the case with the fire on Splinter Court, members of Fire Prevention were notified to investigate the cause of the fire on Hudson Drive, and the residence was turned over to the owner once the on-scene portion of the investigation was complete.

“The cause of the fire was an electric bike that was constructed by the owner utilizing parts that are not listed for use in Canada,” Kingston Fire & Rescue disclosed, noting that the homeowner received minor injuries, but was not taken to hospital.

According to Kingston Fire & Rescue, the residence is uninhabitable, and the cost of the damages incurred as a result of the fire is estimated at $100,000.

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