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Media Release - July 8, 2024 - Downtown Kincardine Fire

Media Release: July 8, 2024

Four-Station Response to Structure Fire in Downtown Kincardine

KINCARDINE, ON – Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services (KFES) responded to a structure fire at 330 Durham Market Square South at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 6th, 2024. This began as a two-station response with both Kincardine and Tiverton stations attending.

Upon arrival at the scene, there was an extensive amount of heavy smoke, which required the evacuation of neighbouring homes and Victoria Park resulting in the postponement of the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

KFES is grateful for the additional support they received from mutual aid provided by the Ripley station from the Huron-Kinloss Fire and Emergency Services team, and the Port Elgin station from the Town of Saugeen Shores Fire Department. Their support included four additional fire apparatus including Saugeen Shores’ aerial truck. In total, there 34 firefighters on scene responding to the incident.

In addition to these fire professionals, South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.), Bruce County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and an excavator from Kempton Construction provided support.

The fire was challenging due to the construction of the building and origin of the fire, but by 12:30 p.m. crews had the situation under control and the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games events in Victoria Park could resume.

There are no injuries to report, and KFES has been in contact with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall. Crews are not considering the cause of the fire to be suspicious with investigation continuing this week. Damages are an estimated $2.5 million.

Special thanks to the generosity of the Royal Canadian Legion MacDonald Branch 183 Kincardine, to the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games’ food trucks and security team, and to the members of the community who helped to keep responders fed and hydrated during a long, hot day.

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Media Inquiries:
Matt Cottrill, Acting Fire Chief
Kincardine, Station 12
Municipality of Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services

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1475 Concession 5, R.R.
#5, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2X6
Phone: 519-396-3468
F.: 519-396-8288

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