A late-night fire in Kingston on July 29 could have spelled disaster for buildings in the village's downtown core.
© PHOTO BY BRIAN TAYLOR
Fire departments from Canning to Annapolis Royal were called to help fire a major structure fire in Kingston July 29 that destroyed the former Capital Paper building.
Deputy Chief Troy Bruce reported members of the Kingston and District Fire Department were called to the scene of a fire in a two-and-a-half storey structure of wood construction in the centre of the village at 11:10 p.m.
The building, which housed the former Capital Paper business, was located at the west end of the Kingston Lions hall parking lot, directly behind Frasers Pro Home Centre and the former Foodland and liquor store outlet.
Not long after the Kingston department responded, they sent out a call for mutual aid from all Valley fire departments from Annapolis Royal to Canning was placed. Firefighters from 14 Wing Greenwood were also called in.
Bruce said the biggest concern about the large fire was the many exposures around the building.
“There are a lot of buildings in that area, including a number of homes directly south. This fire had the potential to spread to the Lions hall, the Legion and Frasers and beyond.”
The Lions hall sustained slight damage, including some melted siding. The former Capital Paper building, which had been used most recently for storage, was destroyed by the fire.
Bruce said it took about three hours for fire fighters to get the fire knocked out. RCMP remained on the scene into the morning hours. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshall’s office.