Update: Damages assessed — Three families displaced by house fire

Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots /Photo by The Kingstonist

UPDATE (Monday, Aug. 22, 2022):

On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) worked to contain a blaze which displaced three families from homes on Uxbridge Crescent.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, KFR stated that upon arrival, firefighters discovered the front porch of the home was on fire, with flames extending to the roofline of the home. “All three occupants escaped the residence with their family cats,” KFR said. “One feline was given oxygen to treat smoke inhalation.”

According to KFR, the cause of the fire remains unknown and damages are estimated at approximately $300,000.

Heavy smoke at a house fire on Uxbridge Crescent on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 /Photo by The Kingstonist

Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the three displaced families — one family from the home where the fire originated, and two families from an attached dwelling, according to residents. When asked how the families were connected with Red Cross so quickly for support, KFR explained that in incidents where people are displaced as a result of an emergency or fire, KFR contacts Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac.

KFR reminds all residents to ensure smoking materials are discarded in a non-combustible container and fully extinguished. 

Original article:

Three families have been displaced following a residential structure fire in the early morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.

Firefighters from Kingston Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the 900 block of Uxbridge Crescent, in Kingston’s west end, at around 5:15 a.m. on Saturday. There, firefighters encountered heavy smoke conditions while they worked to put out the fire.

According to residents, three families in total have been displaced due to the blaze: one family from the unit in which the fire originated, and two families from an attached dwelling, as it suffered serious smoke damage.

One family pet, a cat, was resuscitated by firefighters after being found unresponsive. Sadly, it was later determined that it would need to be put down as its injuries were too severe.

A Kingston Fire & Rescue firefighter works to resuscitate a cat found unresponsive as a result of the fire /Photo by The Kingstonist

Two vehicles also suffered significant damage due to their proximity to the blaze.

The total cost of the damage to the homes is not yet known, and the investigation into the cause is ongoing.

The Red Cross has been called to the scene to assist the displaced families, and no other appeals for public assistance have been made at this time.

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