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Downtown Fire Update

December 20, 2013 -

Please Note: To view the latest update please click here.

Update for December 20 at 10:30 a.m.

The Memorial Centre parking lot (west side of the property near the Barns) will be closed for the day. Users of the Memorial Centre are being asked to use the parking lot at the east end of the property next to the Outdoor Aquatic Centre. This space may be required for storage.

Evacuees:

Those who live in the evacuation/red zone cannot return to their homes until further notice. The red zone has not changed (see map).

If you need assistance contact Community and Family Services at 613-546-2695 or visit 362 Montreal St. during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If needed, please visit cityofkingston.ca/homeless for a list of emergency shelters.

Legion Villa residents: There are 28 evacuees currently residing at the Ambassador Hotel, many of them from Legion Villa. The rest of the 44 Legion Villa residents have found temporary accommodation with family and friends. The City continues to work to find longer-term accommodation for residents.

Kingston Fire and Rescue accompanied Community Family and Service into the Legion Villa yesterday to retrieved the residents medications, pets and key personal belongings.

Donations:

United Way will accept financial donations on the City's behalf for the Fire Relief Fund; these can be cash, cheque, credit cards online or by phone

Cash and cheques (made out to United Way) can be dropped off in an envelope marked Fire Relief Fund at: United Way office, 417 Bagot Street

Any of the 3 RBC branches in Kingston – Gardiners & Golden Mile, 65 Princess Street, Princess & Drayton

Credit Cards

  • Online donations accepted at www.unitedwaykfla.ca  (clicking on the Donate Now button;  enter "Fire Relief Fund" in the comment section)
  • Over the phone: donors can call the United Way office at 613 542 2674 (press 0) and make a donation during business hours. Please indicate that the donation is  for the Fire Relief Fund.

Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. (receipts for amounts less than $20 are available upon request).

Food donations cannot be accepted due to public health regulations


Update at for December 19 5:15 p.m.

Here is an update on the downtown fire zone:

  • Those who live in the evacuation/red zone cannot return to their homes until further notice.  See map.
  • Evacuees:  if you need assistance contact Community and Family Services at 613-546-2695 or visit 362 Montreal St. during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  If needed, please visit cityofkingston.ca/homeless for a list of emergency shelters.
  • The media is asked to please respect the privacy of evacuees.
  • Those who live outside the red zone have been able to return to their homes.
  • Once the crane is down, Utilities Kingston will make an assessment and provide an update.
  • Crane removal:
    • Phase One: the City is clearing vehicles, snow and ice from the affected area.
    • Phase Two:  the property owner, responsible for dismantling the crane, will send its safe removal plan to the Ministry of Labour for approval.
    • Please note: the weather may be a factor in the effort to dismantle the crane. (Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning.)
  • Donations:
    • Cash donations – or cheques made out to the "United Way" – may be dropped off in an envelope marked for the "Fire Relief Fund" during business hours to the local United Way office, 417 Bagot St. or any of three Royal Bank of Canada branches in Kingston (Gardiners & Golden Mile, 65 Princess St., Princess & Drayton).
    • Food donations cannot be accepted due to public health regulations.

Map link (red zone has not changed)


Update at 7:30 p.m.

The City advises that the Evacuation Centre has closed as of 7 p.m. 

View latest Map

People living in the blue and purple zones can safely return home.  If you live in one of the blue or purple zones and are without power or require technical assistance, please contact Utilities Kingston at 613-546-1181 ext. 2151.

If you live in the red zone, the evacuation still remains in effect. We encourage persons in the red area to stay with family and friends.

If you require further information or need assistance, please contact the call centre at 613-546-0000.


Update for 3:00 p.m.

Traffic continues to be detoured off Princess Street at Macdonnell on the western boundary and Alfred on the eastern boundary.

The City's call centre – at 613-546-0000 – will be open until 11 p.m. this evening and will reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Evacuees: Please see attached map

  • If your home is in the red zone, you may not return home. 
  • If you live in the blue or purple zones power is back on – or will be back on by approx. 5 p.m. today and you may return home. If a police officer is located near your point of entry, or if your home is inside the barricade, you may be asked  to provide your civic address to the police officer. If the area has power but your house does not, please call Utilities Kingston 613-546-1181,ext. 2151.

Update at 10:00 a.m.

Continue to stay away from area of the downtown fire. Traffic continues to be rerouted around the area via Concession Street. Kingston Transit is running as usual, but is detouring around the site.

The evacuation order remains in effect (see map for area).  Evacuees are asked to stay away from the site until further notice. If you have been evacuated, you may want to register with the Red Cross at  1-855-797-8875. By doing so, those calling about you can be connected with you.

The City is coordinating with Kingston Fire & Rescue and Humane Society to check on pets in Legion Villa at earliest safe opportunity. Those seeking information on pets lost and/or found are asked to call 613-546-0000.

Garbage, Green Bin and recycling will be picked up as soon as possible after evacuation is lifted from area.

Watch for updates on power outages as available.  

Martha's Table has advised that it is offering sandwiches, snack and coffee to anyone in need from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, 130 Clergy St. E. (at Princess Street).


Update at 11:50 a.m.

Continue to stay away from the area. Traffic continues to be rerouted around the area via Concession Street.

The fire is smoldering but remains under control. The evacuation area has been reduced and is now bordered as follows: Durham to Macdonnell, Macdonnell north to Princess, east to Smith, north to South Bartlett, east to Victoria, south to Durham.

Those outside the above mentioned evacuation area may return to their homes.

The warming centre at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St. will remain opened through the night.

The Customer Call Centre will remain open for residents inquiring on the status of the evacuation at 613-546-0000. 

Crews are currently working to restore power within the next 3-4 hours in the following areas:

  • Drayton and Tower
  • Macdonnell from Princess to Concession
  • Princess from Macdonnell to Drayton
  • North Bartlett
  • Victoria from Concession to mid-block between North Bartlett and South Bartlett
  • South Bartlett will remain off
  • Victoria from Mack and Durham
  • Princess from Nelson to Alfred

Power will not be restored tonight in the following areas:

  • Durham from Macdonnell to Victoria
  • Princess from Macdonnell to Nelson
  • Victoria from Princess to mid-block between North Bartlett and South Bartlett
  • Smith Street
  • South Bartlett

Traffic will remain detoured through the morning commute.

Kingston Transit will be running its usual schedule on Wednesday, however, will be rerouted around the detour.

Pedestrians are advised to be use caution as sidewalks south-east of the fire site will be slippery and covered with ice.


Update as of 10:30 p.m.

Crews are currently working to restore power on:

  • Drayton and Tower
  • Macdonnell from Princess to Concession
  • Princess from Macdonnell to Drayton
  • North Bartlett
  • Portion of Victoria from Concession to mid-block between North Bartlett and South Bartlett
  • South Bartlett will remain off
  • Victoria from Mack and Durham
  • Princess from Nelson to Alfred

Power will not be restored tonight in the following areas:

  • Durham from Macdonnell to Victoria
  • Princess from Macdonnell to Nelson
  • South Bartlett

Update at 10:00 p.m.

Continue to stay away from the area. Traffic continues to be rerouted around the area via Concession Street.

View an updated map of the power outage area. Power has been restored to the area in blue.

There continues to be a wide area power outage, indicated in red. Crews have not yet been able to access the area to determine the extent of the damage in the vaults. It may be some time before power is restored on Princess Street between Drayton and Alfred. Updates will be provided as available.

The current outer containment perimeter is: Albert to the east, Regent to the west, Mack to the south and Concession to the north. The mandatory evacuation area is a smaller area that Kingston Police have visited door-to-door.

The Red Cross is receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries about the people that are affected. If you have evacuated due to fire you may want to register with the Red Cross at  1-855-797-8875. By doing so, those calling about you can be connected with you.


Update as of 7:15 p.m.

Continue to stay away from the area. Traffic is being rerouted around the area via Concession Street.

The current evacuation perimeter is: Victoria to the east, Regent to the west, Mack to the south and Concession to the north.

The evacuation perimeter will continue to move as the situation changes.

Arrangements have been made for an engineer to assess the stability of the crane.

There is a wide area power outage in this area and it will remain out until crews can access the area to determine the extent of the damage and for reasons of safety.


Update as of 6:30 p.m.

Continue to stay away from the area. Traffic is being rerouted around the area via Concession Street.

Stay with family and friends if possible. If this is not possible an evacuation centre has been established at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge Street. No volunteers are needed. Only those evacuated from the site with no alternate arrangements should go to the evacuation centre.

There is a wide area power outage in this area and it will remain out until crews can access the area to determine the extent of the damage and for reasons of safety. View Map of area.

Gas services are not affected.

Route 17 (the late night shuttle) is cancelled for tonight.


Update as of 5:45 p.m.

Continue to stay away from the area. Traffic is being rerouted around the area via Concession Street.

Stay with family and friends if possible. If this is not possible an evacuation centre has been at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge Street

Residents searching for a family member can call 613-546-0000 and say "reception".

Kingston Transit buses are set up around the perimeter of the site for those needing to warm up or needing transportation to the evacuation centre.

Council will convene as scheduled at 7:30. The in-camera portion of the meeting will be held after the regular session.

Bus Routes 18, 19 and 12A are cancelled. Route 7 is also being reduced (will service train station). Route 12 continues to run.


Update as of 5:10 p.m.

The Municipal Control Group has convened and will be providing updates as new information comes available.

The fire is largely under control.

Stay away from the area.

Evacuation perimeter has been established: Frontenac to the east, Bath to the west, Johnson to the south and Concession to the north.

Power in the area has been shut off for safety reasons and will be restored as appropriate and as quickly as possible.

The evacuation centre has been established at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour for approx. 150 people. Red Cross is assisting.