Fatal Fire

Fire in an apartment at 107 Compton Street in Kingston has claimed the life of one person.
Six people were taken to hospital.  Kingston Fire and Rescue says one person died from their injuries and another is in serious condition.
Firefighters got the call at six last night and had the fire out in 15 minutes.
There was heavy smoke in the hallways of the building – but the fire was contained to one apartment unit.
A Kingston Transit bus was used as a temporary shelter for people who had to evacuate the building.
The Kingston Community Health Centres opened last night to offer a warm place for people and posted a tweet saying everyone had found alternative accommodation.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.  An investigator from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is expected to be on the scene today.

Power Outages

Snow and freezing rain hit Kingston last night and there were several power failures in the area.
Power was off for about 16 hundred customers in Bath and on Amherst Island this morning.  Hydro One said it was hoping to have power restored by nine this morning.
The Limestone District School Board says both Bath and Amherst Island Public Schools were open today.

A widespread power outage was also affecting over 21 thousand customers north of Brockville and in the Perth and Smiths Falls areas.

Power was off in several places in Kingston but that was due to scheduled maintenance by Utilities Kingston.

City Council Briefs:

Three delegations have appeared at Kingston city council to voice their opposition to the Wellington Street extension.
Council voted in favour of a motion to have city staff prepare a comprehensive report on the extension and alternatives.
Councillor Rob Hutchison had originally filed a motion that would have killed the project.

Council is putting the nail in the casino coffin.
Council passed a motion last night to have the official plan amended.
It has asked staff to make the necessary changes that will eliminate any chance of a casino and report back to council in May.

The city is going to work more closely with the public and catholic school boards.
City council has approved the establishment the Kingston-Limestone-Algonquin Advisory Working Group.
It will look into ways for the city to work on projects and programs with The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and Limestone District School Board.

Indecent Acts

Police are hoping the public will be able to help them track down a man who has performed indecent acts in front of women in Belleville and Napanee.
He was sitting in his car and called women over to talk with them.  He then exposed himself and performed an indecent act.
Police say it happened at 10:30 in the morning on February 16th on Dundas Street in Napanee and on February 21st on Front Street in Belleville.
The man was driving a dark coloured Nissan four door…and has short blonde hair.
Anyone with information on who this pervert may be is being asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Successful Film Fest

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival’s 15th-anniversary set a new box office record.
The festival reports it had a 21% increase in attendance over last year.
It estimates total attendance on the weekend at 5,500 for the movie screenings, workshops, receptions, concerts and other activities.