Kingston man rescued from fire in vacant Princess Street building – Kingston

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The old Gino’s Pizza building, which currently stands vacant, caught fire on Christmas Eve with one man trapped inside.

The man, trapped on the second floor of 557 Princess St., was quickly rescued by the Kingston Fire Department, which responded to the scene.

It took around four hours and 21 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Kingston’s fire department told Global News a device that looked like a giant wok was believed to have caused the fire and was possibly being used as a heating device.

The area surrounding the device was covered in exposed wood, which only fed the fire, eventually stripping the plumbing and wiring on the floor.


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The three-storey building, which once housed Gino’s Pizza, has been sitting vacant for years. The fire department says that homeless individuals are often found inside the structure, but they couldn’t confirm to Global News if the individual trapped in the blaze was a homeless person.

After being rescued, the man was taken to Kingston General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but suffered no other injuries.


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There have been other fires at 557 Princess St, in the past, but Kingston police told Global News there is no evidence of criminal intent in this case and no further investigation will take place.

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Abandoned building catches fire on Princess Street – Kingston

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Investigators are looking into a fire at an abandoned building on Princess Street that happened overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

As of Thursday evening, fire inspectors still don’t know what caused the blaze, although some items found inside may point to squatters.

“We are still looking into what may have caused the fire,” said Clinton Debroy of Kingston Fire and Rescue.


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The fire was fully involved in the west side of the building by the time firefighters arrived around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

“We did have flames visible through both windows, which is evidence that the windows themselves failed. We’re just looking at how the windows failed,” Debroy said.

It’s also unclear where the fire started.

The two-storey brick building once housed businesses, a tattoo parlour, a payday loan store and gym.

Members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang once occupied space in the basement as well. There were also several apartment units in the back.

The building has been vacant for the past two months. Debroy said there were a lot of combustible materials around the abandoned building, and that made the fire a challenge to put out.


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Although they could not definitely say what caused the fire, firefighters say a number of items found inside could be from squatters.

“There’s always a possibility to have potential people to come in and do multiple things. They would be here illegally if that was the case,” Debroy said.

No one was injured, but witnesses tell Global News, at least three people were seen fleeing the burning building.

Investigators couldn’t put a dollar value on the damage.

Kingston Police are also assisting with the investigation, which is ongoing. Officials have not yet deemed the fire suspicious.

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