Second ‘threat to life’ notice issued by KFR in as many days

Photo via the City of Kingston.

Almost 24 hours after a notification regarding Kingston Fire & Rescue issuing a ‘threat to life’ notice at an encampment near Highway 401, the City of Kingston issued a similar statement regarding a ‘threat to life’ notice being issued at Belle Park.

The most recent statement from the City was issued around 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024, and 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 Belle Park.

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, the latest action comes after fire crews extinguished a tent fire in Belle Park on the night of Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024. No injuries were reported, the City of Kingston said.

As a result of the fire and a complaint received, fire inspectors inspected the area and issued an immediate threat to life notice as individuals were having open-air fires in an aluminum pan within the tent, according to the statement. In addition to the open-air fires, propane cylinders, gasoline containers and a kerosene heater were removed.

“Today, we have issued another urgent threat-to-life notice, reaffirming our commitment to taking all necessary measures to protect each person’s well-being,” said Chief Fire Prevention Officer Ted Posadowski in the statement. “We’re trying to be proactive to prevent more fires from occurring. Everyone’s safety remains our top priority.” 

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

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.

Kingstonist has inquired with the City as to why public statements are being issued frequently about matters involving fire and safety at encampments in the past months, as encampments have existed within the city for years, but such statements have been issued only recently. Further coverage will be provided if/when more information becomes available.

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