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Safety assessment to be done on burnt building in downtown Kingston

Robert Hill, KSAC Town Clerk

 

An assessment is to be carried out this week into the structural safety of the building at the corner of Beeston Street and King Street in downtown Kingston where a large fire occurred on Thursday.
  
A liquor store, a cell phone repair shop and several adjoining residential properties were destroyed by the blaze.
 
Robert Hill, Town Clerk at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, told RJR News that the City Engineer's Department will conduct the structural assessment.  

"We realised that during the course of the cooling down operations and the fire personnel dealing with it, a part of the building had collapsed and we did some clearing of the area, and we wanted to ensure that persons were safe and they were taken care of... (so) we're going to be doing an assessment of the rest of the structure to see what is best to be done with that area," he said.
            
Fourteen persons were left homeless following the blaze which delayed traffic and caused chaos for several hours.



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