B & H Wholesalers Ltd. of Kingston shared this photo and these words on Facebook Monday: “We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department for their prompt response to the fire here at B & H. We are so very fortunate, as it could have been much worse.” - B & H photo
It could have been another Capital Paper Building fire all over again in Kingston Dec. 8.
Kingston fire chief Watson Armstrong says about 25 firefighters were called to the B&H Wholesalers building shortly after noon after receiving a report of a dumpster on fire.
“The dumpster was filled with cardboard,” Armstrong said.
“The building was probably three feet away from it. It could’ve been another Capital Paper-style building fire, easily.”
The owner of the building, who lives across the road, spotted smoke as he was outside raking leaves and called the fire department for help. If not for that quick action, Armstrong said, the fire would’ve been much harder to fight.
“If it had happened at seven or eight at night or later, we would’ve had two businesses gone, there’s no question about it, with the way the wind was blowing yesterday,” he added.
It took the 25 Kingston firefighters about an hour to put out the fire, which is suspicious in nature.
The only damage to the building was burnt siding.
The RCMP were called and a 14-year-old male was arrested at the scene. He was released to his parents and is due to appear in court Jan. 23.
“It was a big sigh of relief from me when the RCMP officer told me they had someone in custody about a half hour after we left the scene,” Armstrong added.