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Ontario Fire Marshall investigating fire on Helen Street

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.

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Kingston Fire and Rescue looks to become nationally accredited

Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) is working to become one of 10 nationally accredited departments and is looking to the public for support. KFR is assembling an application to the Centre for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) in time for the deadline later this summer. “By being an accredited department, we

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UPDATE: New open-air burning regulations in Kingston to take effect

Update (Monday Apr. 19, 2021): The bylaw regulating the setting and maintaining of open air fires came into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, Monday, Apr. 19, 2021, and promotes public safety by requiring residents to read the rules for safely managing different kinds of open air fires, according to a

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Impaired driver tries to obstruct police after collision in central Kingston

A Kingston man is facing charges after causing a multi-vehicle collision that involved no other drivers, and lying to police about what happened. The incident occurred on the night of Saturday, Mar. 20, 2021 when, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Kingston Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Robert

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Over 400 City of Kingston-paid employees named to annual ‘Sunshine List’

A dozen people employed through the City of Kingston brought home over $170,000 in salary for the 2020 year, according to the provincial government. On Friday, Mar. 19, 2021, the Government of Ontario published its annual public sector salary disclosure – the so-called Sunshine List of those public sector employees

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Kingston man charged with arson after apartment building fire

A local man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fire at Treeview Apartments, located at 780 Division Street on the edge of the Kingscourt District. According to Kingston Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to a call at the address at approximately 1:18 p.m. Fire crews were able

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Daylight savings time a reminder to check life-safety alarms

This weekend we will “spring forward” into daylight savings time. The City of Kingston, along with Kingston Fire and Rescue, are reminding residents to set their clocks ahead by one hour – and check their life-safety alarms.  “We might be ‘losing’ an hour but this weekend is a great opportunity

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Police recover body from Anglin Bay

Kingston Police, Kingston Fire and Rescue, and the Ontario Provincial Police were all on scene at the end of Wellington Street on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 after receiving a report of a body in the water. Kingston Police were dispatched to the area of Wellington Street at Bay Street for

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Emergency services respond to numerous ice rescues over long weekend

Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) responded to three separate ice rescues over the past week. According to a statement from KFR, released on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, as of 11:23 am on Monday, Feb. 15, emergency services had responded to three recent calls for ice rescue in Lake Ontario. At

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Residents displaced after Joseph Street fire

With temperatures plunging as low as -20 °C with the wind chill, residents of a housing complex on Joseph Street were forced outside as a fire consumed parts of their building. The fire broke out just before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 at the complex, which is operated

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COVID-19 and first responders: How the pandemic has impacted Kingston’s emergency services

Stay-at-home orders, arrows on the floors of business, lineups outside grocery stores – one need only look around to see the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and changed a lot of things. But some of the impacts aren’t seen by the majority of citizens – the work and lives of our

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Fire at Knights Inn

Update (Monday, Dec. 14, 2020): Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) have completed their investigation into the fire that took place at the Knights Inn, located at 1155 Princess Street. According to KFR, the cause of the fire is suspected to have been careless smoking. KFR is hoping the incident will

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