9 p.m. update: Firefighters monitor rubble after fire for hot spots and flare upsFirefighters from the Jamestown Fire Department continued to spray down hot spots along walls at the back of the Vining Oil building in downtown Jamestown well after dark Friday.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
9 p.m. Update
Firefighters from the Jamestown Fire Department continued to spray down hot spots along walls at the back of the Vining Oil building in downtown Jamestown well after dark Friday.
Firefighters will continue to monitor the location through the weekend for flare ups and to maintain the scene, Fire Chief Jim Reuther said.
An insurance investigator is expected on Monday.
2:40 p.m. Update
Scanner reports indicate firefighters have a fire in a downtown Jamestown building under control as of 2:15 p.m.
The building is owned by Vining Oil and Gas LLC and is also known as the North Star building and was referred to as such in earlier reports.
The Elks building was reported clear of fire at 2:12 p.m.
Brad Vining, CEO of Vining Oil and Gas, told WDAY there were several 55-gallon drums of oil, 600 to 700 tires and two tractors in the building at the time of the fire.
WDAY repored the smoke rising from the fire was visible from 12 miles outside Jamestown.
1:15 p.m. Update
Firefighters continue to fight the blaze that fully engulfed the Vining building this morning, pouring water over the top of the Elks building in an effort to save it.
Initial scanner reports indicated there was some fire in the Elks building as of 11:15, and at 12:56 p.m. there was a further scanner report of a possible fire in the attic of the Elks.
At 2:12, scanner reports indicated the Elks building was clear.
Burned debris littered the ground and water pooled on sidewalks around the building, and the black smoke rising from the building had turned white by 12:45 p.m.
B&D Towing, located across the street from the Vining building, was evacuated to its back rooms, said Bobby Burton, who co-owns the business. Burton said concerns about smoke inhalation had prompted the move.
The Gladstone Inn & Suites evacuated guests from the upper floor due to smoke blowing in that direction earlier this morning. Phyllis Thompson, general manager, said at about 1:45 p.m. that the smoke had lessened and guests had returned to their rooms.
11:20 a.m. Update
Initial scanner reports indicated there is some fire in the Elks building, which is adjacent to the fully-engulfed North Star building.
The City of Jamestown has closed First Avenue North from Second Street North to Fourth Street North until further notice.
"Motorists should use alternate routes and use EXTREME caution in and around this area," said Nancy Harty, the city's Public Works secretary in an email. "Detour routes will be in place shortly."
Law enforcement officials are diverting traffic in downtown Jamestown following a 9:52 a.m. report of a fire in the North Star building on First Avenue.
The North Star building is adjacent to the old Elks building and across the street diagonally from the Gladstone.
As of 10:40 a.m. the building was fully engulfed.
The Jamestown Fire Department is fighting the fire, and law enforcement officials have blocked off the area. Residents may wish to avoid the downtown area, as traffic has become congested.