Despite plumes of dark smoke reportedly seen by those in the 1000 Islands, some 20+ km away, no injuries were sustained by residents or firefighters after a fire ravaged a house in the Auden Park neighbourhood in Kingston’s west end.
The fire broke out just before 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at a house located in the 900 block of Auden Park Drive, just off Henderson Boulevard and alongside Bayridge Drive. Kingstonist reached out to Kingston Fire and Rescue with inquiries the same day, with response from the fire department delayed due to the Civic Holiday.
“Crews arrived to find a garage containing two vehicles fully involved in fire, with radiant heat extending to a neighbouring home and a third vehicle in the driveway,” Kingston Fire and Rescue said the following morning, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.
Using fire suppression operations, quick-working firefighters were able to limit the fire from extending into the home attached to the garage, and crews prevented the fire from entering the house adjacent to the fire, as well, Kingston Fire and Rescue explained.
According to neighbours gathered outside as the fire continued to rage, there were two occupants in the home when the fire broke out, however, they were both able to escape unharmed. Kingston Fire and Rescue confirmed this, noting that no residents or firefighters were hurt as a result of the incident.
Firefighters remained on scene at the residence for over two hours, ensuring hot spots did not flare up after the fire was extinguished. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Kingston Fire and Rescue said that the cause was “not considered to be suspicious.” The total cost of damages as a result of the incident is estimated at $400,000, they said.
“Kingston Fire and Rescue reminds residents to ensure that cigarettes are completely extinguished in sand or water,” the local fire department said.
“Kingston Fire and Rescue also encourages our residents to complete our Home Self-Inspection to reduce the risk of fire, injury and fatalities.” Residents can view the Kingston Fire and Rescue Home Self-Inspection and further information are available online through the City of Kingston’s Kingston Fire and Rescue website.