Quinn’s Meats building destroyed by fire

Photo by Christopher James Young.

A fire at Quinn’s Meats, a butcher shop and the last abattoir in the Kingston area, has resulted in the loss of their building.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jun. 28, 2024, at the business at 3987 County Road 1 E in Yarker.

In response to Kingstonist’s inquiries, Stone Mills Fire Department stated that units arrived on scene just before 5 p.m.

“Heavy smoke was coming from the roof area,” detailed James Richmond, Assistant Fire Chief in an email.

“Firefighters from all 4 stations in Stone Mills, along with an aerial truck and tanker from Loyalist Fire, responded. No civilians were injured as a result of the fire, one firefighter was transported to [hospital] and is in stable condition. The Ontario Fire Marshal will be attending the scene to investigate.”

He confirmed there is “significant damage” to the interior of the building and said that unfortunately the business will be closed for some time.

“All employees evacuated and were at their predefined meeting place. We remind all residents and business owners to have an evacuation plan and to practice it regularly,” Richmond said.

This morning, on social media, Quinn’s meats shared the following statement:

“We are devastated by the loss of our building to fire yesterday. Deepest thanks to the Stone Mills and Loyalist firefighters who responded to the scene, and to our neighbours who brought them food and drink as they fought the fire. Fortunately there were no injuries. Our thoughts are now on how best to help our community of farmers and customers. We will provide further updates here and on our website as available.”

Kingstonist will provide further coverage on what this means for the local farming community in the coming days.

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