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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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Fire at flea market building causes $500k in damages

At approximately 10:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, fire broke out in the two-storey building located at 28 Bath Road. The building, which formerly housed the Olde Circle Flea Market, a bingo hall, and a cooking school, along with other retail outlets, quickly became engulfed in flames. Kingston Fire

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Residents displaced after Elliott Ave fire

Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) has confirmed that multiple residents of an Elliott Ave apartment complex have been displaced after a fire in their building. “On Sunday, Nov. 29 at approximately 12:36 p.m, Kingston Fire & Rescue crews responded to a structure fire at 440 Elliott Ave. Upon arrival, firefighters

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Draft bylaw makes Open Air Burning permit free of charge

On September 1, 2020, Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) first requested public input on an open-air burning bylaw aimed at clarifying and enforcing compliance when, where and how open-air fires are allowed in Kingston. After reviewing the feedback from the original proposal, KFR is again seeking resident input on a

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City reminds residents to fall back and check life safety alarms this weekend

The City of Kingston reminds residents to set their clocks back one hour this weekend. Daylight saving ends in the wee hours of Sunday, Nov. 1, and this weekend is a great time to check your life-safety alarms as well.  “The time change presents the perfect opportunity to replace batteries

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Update: Homecoming fire alarm pulls at Queen’s cost KFR over $9,700

Update (Monday, Nov. 2, 2020):Upon further review of the Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) activity log and dispatch information for the night that took place from Friday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, as well as our own further investigation, Kingstonist has been able to clarify some details. The

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Police seek suspect after fight sends man to hospital

Kingston Police are urging a suspect involved in a violent altercation in downtown Kingston to turn himself in. The incident took place on the night of Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, and began with a verbal disagreement inside Tommy’s Diner, located on Princess Street near the Barrie Street intersection. Those involved

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Emergency responders encourage use of emergency location finding app

Local first responders are urging residents to download an app that could be essential in emergency situations where an exact location is unknown. Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR), Kingston Central Ambulance Communications Centre, and Kingston Police are encouraging Kingston residents to use the what3words app, a free and “potentially life-saving

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Fatal collision on Bayridge Drive

Update (Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.): On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), with permission of the family, released the identity of the youth who died in this collision. Scott Legg, 16, a student at Frontenac Secondary School, succumbed to the

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University investigating multiple ‘malicious fire alarm pulls’ over Homecoming

While Kingston Police reported a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend, it was less than quiet for those students living in Queen’s residence buildings where fire alarms were pulled at multiple locations on the night of Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Kingston Fire and Rescue reported to seven fire alarm calls at residence

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Fire Prevention Week gives residents a chance to win with local restaurants

Fire Prevention Week kicks off this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, and Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR), in partnership with KFLA Fire Rescue, will be serving up daily fire safety tips, according to a release from KFR, dated Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The tips will be released daily through videos filmed

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