Kingston Fire & Rescue issue ‘threat to life’ notice at encampment near Highway 401

Photo via City of Kingston.

Yesterday evening, around 6:20 p.m., the City of Kingston issued a statement regarding fire safety at an encampment near Highway 401.

In the statement, the City said that Kingston Fire & Rescue, exercising powers under section 15 of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, issued an immediate threat to life notice at an encampment located in an area owned by the Province of Ontario.
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 City. 
Acting on a complaint, fire crews were called to the encampment, located near the 401 westbound ramp at Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard, on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024. According to the statement, an immediate threat to life notice was issued for the removal of two open-air appliances, one propane appliance and three propane cylinders, a gasoline container and cooking pots used for burning items.

“The safety of people living in camps outside and in different parts of the community remains of utmost concern,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Ted Posadowski. “Today we issued another immediate threat to life notice, we really are focused on doing everything possible to keep people safe.”

Support services, including storage options for belongings, shelter space and transportation, are available for anyone affected by this notice, the City stated.

It should be noted that, around the same time the City issued the statement (6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024), another fire occurred at the encampment in Belle Park. Kingston Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at the park at approximately 6:10 p.m. yesterday, and crews remained on scene for more than an hour and a half. All of this comes after the City has issued multiple statements on fires at the Belle Park encampment (including a fire that led to injuries), as well as the City’s announcement that it will begin enforcement of a daytime sheltering prohibition the first week of April — which would require those living at encampments to pack up their shelters and belongings during the daytime hours.

Despite the low visibility due to the snowfall on the evening of Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024, smoke can be seen rising from the area of the encampment in Belle Park after a fire was reported around 6:10 p.m. Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Kingstonist was not able to verify the events referred to by the City in their statement with anyone at the encampment in question by time of publication. Further coverage will be provided if/when more information becomes available.

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