KFR removes 36 propane cylinders after issuing three ‘threat to life’ notices

36 propane cylinders were removed from an encampment near the corner of Bath Road and Centennial Drive, according to the City of Kingston. Photo via the City of Kingston.

Three immediate threat to life (ITL) notices were issued by Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) on Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024. While readers might assume these were issued at the Belle Park encampment, in fact these notices were issued at an encampment near the corner of Centennial Drive and Bath Road.

In a media release, dated Thursday, Apr. 4, 2025, the City of Kingston stated that KFR, exercising powers under section 15 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, issued the ITL notices after receiving a complaint regarding smoke from a stovepipe.

Under the Act, fire inspectors who believe a risk of fire poses an immediate threat to life have the authority to enter on land or premises and remove anything that may constitute a fire menace or take any action urgently required to remove or reduce the threat to life. 

According to the release, the notices were issued as follows:

  • The first ITL was for a combustible structure that had a homemade wood stove in operation, a propane appliance, propane cylinder, and wood burning appliance. Outside the structure was another homemade wood-burning appliance, two propane cylinders, and flammable liquid container.  
  • The second ITL was for a combustible tent with candles inside that was being used to provide heat near combustibles. Outside the tent was a BBQ used for open-air fires near combustibles and the combustible tent.  
  • In addition, 36 propane cylinders were removed from the property.The third ITL was for a combustible structure with a propane BBQ and propane cylinder inside. The BBQ was being used for discarded cigarettes near combustibles.  

The City noted that in addition, 36 propane cylinders were removed from the property, as pictured above.

“We urge anyone using propane, in any capacity, to do so with the utmost care and to strictly follow manufacturer’s operating instructions,” said Ted Posadowski, Chief Fire Prevention Officer.

The City noted that support services, including storage options for belongings, shelter space, and transportation are available for anyone affected by recent fires and ITL notices.

In March, the City of Kingston addressed the sudden prevalence of Fire Prevention officers at the encampment and subsequent issuing of ITL notices.

Kingstonist has not been able to verify the City’s accounts of these incidents with those at the encampment in question by time of publication.

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