Kingston Fire & Rescue bring in heavy units to fight fire at KIMCO

Kingston Fire & Rescue work alongside KIMCO machinery to extinguish hot spots. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg/Kingstonist.

On the afternoon of Sunday, Jul. 7, 2024, those in Kingston may have seen black smoke billowing across the sky from a scrap fire at KIMCO Steel.

The fire had broken out in the KIMCO yard at 1325 John Counter Boulevard around 4 p.m., and heavy black smoke spewed into the air, spurring Kingstonians to ask what was burning across various social media platforms.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) stated that fire crews responded to the fire at 4:22 p.m.

“On route, there was heavy black smoke visible from the corner of Division and Railway Street. On arrival, there were 2 to 3 large piles of scrap material burning,” KFR detailed.

“Fire crews secured a water supply and proceeded to extinguish the fire.”

Firefighters hooked up to a water supply on Lappans Lane. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg/Kingstonist.

Kingston Police shared a post on social media at 4:44 p.m., asking motorists to avoid John Counter Boulevard between Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Leroy Grant Drive, saying “Kingston Fire & Kingston Police [are] responding to an ongoing fire in the area.”

Heavy equipment was brought in to assist with extinguishing the fire, KFR noted, and fire crews remained on scene for several hours wetting down hot spots while machinery worked to pull the piles apart.

Heavy black smoke billowed from the KIMCO yard. Submitted photo.

According to KFR, one firefighter was transported to hospital for precautionary measures and has since been released.

“The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious,” KFR said.

“The Ontario Fire Marshals Office was contacted due to the firefighter injuries but did not attend.”

One thought on “Kingston Fire & Rescue bring in heavy units to fight fire at KIMCO

  • Do city authorities check if there are any toxic elements in the smoke? This place has fires on a regular basis; are neighbours breathing in anything harmful each time this occurs?

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