Residents displaced as strong winds rip roof off building

A mid-rise residential complex in central Kingston remains evacuated after its roof was heavily damaged under the stress of 100km/hr winds on Wednesday, the 4th of April.

Kingston Fire and Rescue and Frontenac Paramedics were dispatched to 385 Division St at around 5 p.m. and the approximately 80 residents were promptly evacuated as a precaution. A Kingston Transit bus was also brought onto the property to assist in keeping evacuated residents warm and to eventually transport them to temporary shelter.

Frontenac Paramedics assessed the residents on scene and determined there were no injuries. Throughout the evening, Kingston Fire and Rescue escorted residents into their respective units one-by-one to retrieve necessary belongings.

Residents say the evacuation is expected to last at least 3 days while a structural assessment is conducted and repairs are done. A preliminary assessment by city engineers indicated that the structure was unsafe due to some damage to the exterior brickwork. Arrangements have been made by Red Cross to provide accommodations at a local hotel for the displaced residents.

The extent of the damage is not yet known and a dollar value for cost of repairs has not yet been determined.