Ontario Fire Marshall investigating fire on Helen Street

Kingston Fire and Rescue, Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Police, Utilities Kingston, and, finally, the Ontario Fire Marshall all responded to the 200 block of Helen Street after a fire broke out in one of the residences there. One resident was taken to hospital with burns as a result. Photo by Paula Stafford.

Update (Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021):
According to Kingston Fire and Rescue, they and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall have concluded their on-scene investigation today. The damages sustained during the fire are estimated at $50,000, Kingston Fire and Rescue said. The investigation has now been turned over to Kingston Police.

Kingstonist reached out to Kingston Police on Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021, but did not receive response by time of publication. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Original article:

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to attend the scene after a large fire broke out at a residence in central Kingston.

Just after 9 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 27, 2021, Kingston Fire and Rescue responded to an active fire at a building in the 200 block of Helen Street. The house has multiple units within it, according to those on scene. While some residents had already vacated the building, others remained inside. Neighbours alerted some of the residents that the house was ablaze, and Frontenac Paramedic Services were also called to the scene.

A female resident of the building was transported to hospital by Frontenac Paramedics after suffering burns from the fire, according to both Kingston Fire and Rescue and Kingston Police. Kingston Police were called to the scene at approximately 9:35 p.m. to assist with the investigation.

The fire was knocked down within half an hour, but hotspots continued as smoke billowed from the smouldering structure. Utilities Kingston also attended the scene to ensure power to the residence was cut off as firefighters doused the building.

According to Kingston Police, the Ontario Fire Marshall was on the scene as of approximately 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2021.

“At this juncture there does not appear to be evidence of an arson. The Ontario Fire Marshall will advise investigators if it does become suspicious,” said Const. Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

Kingston Fire and Rescue relayed that the cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, as is the estimated cost of damages sustained in the fire. It is unknown how many residents were displaced by the fire.

Kingstonist will update this article as more information becomes available.

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