A fire at an apartment complex in central Kingston has led to five people being displaced and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damages to the building.
Just before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, Kingston Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to the Meadowbrooke Condominiums, located at 573 Armstrong Road, just north of Bath Road between Gardiners Road to the west and Portsmouth Avenue to the east. Multiple residents made calls to 911 to report the fire, as thick smoke and flames extending from the roof of the building were visible in the surrounding area.
According to Kingston Fire & Rescue, the fire started in an apartment and spread to “a small portion” of the attic, though fire could be seen coming through or on the roof of the building.
“There was also minor smoke damage to the corridor,” Kingston Fire & Rescue said in response to Kingstonist inquiries.
“There were no injuries, but approximately five people have been displaced as a result of the fire.”
While the on-scene portion of the investigation into the fire is completed, but the cause of the blaze remains undetermined at this time, according to the local fire department. The cost of the damages caused by the fire is estimated at $440,000, Kingston Fire & Rescue disclosed, noting that firefighters remained on scene monitoring for hotspots and assisting with ventilation of the building for five hours.
Kingstonist has inquired with the City of Kingston as to whether those displaced by this fire were offered shelter. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.