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Fire damages home: No injuries reported

Firefighters from the Jamestown Fire Department respond to a call Wednesday at 915 5th Ave. SE in Jamestown. The fire caused extensive smoke damage to the home. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Jamestown Fire Department responded to a fire at 915 5th Ave. SE at 4:54 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Kainz said the cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday night, but said the fire started and was contained in the kitchen, but caused damage throughout the house. He said the sole occupant was in another part of the house, saw smoke and immediately exited the residence to alert authorities. Kainz believed the woman who lived in the home was making arrangements to stay with family because the house is too severely damaged to stay in.

“(There is) lots of smoke damage,” Kainz said. “The fire was concentrated in the kitchen area, but there’s heavy smoke and heat damage throughout the home … (She) can’t stay in the house the way it is.”

Thirty-three firefighters responded to the blaze and had cleared the scene by 5:45 p.m. Kainz said five units were dispatched: two equipment trucks, two pumper trucks and a ladder truck.

No injuries were reported.

In a rare instance, Kainz said the high winds on Wednesday actually helped the firefighters. He said the wind helped ventilate the heat from the house.

“We use fans but the wind was actually in our favor today, not against us,” Kainz said. “(That happens) not very often.”

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