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Smoke billows over a fence in the backyard of 425 2nd St. SW Friday morning due to a trash fire. Chris Olson / The Sun

The Jamestown Fire Department responded to a backyard trash fire Friday morning.

Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther said it is against city ordinance to burn anything other than firewood in a residential lot. Even then, the fire must be contained inside fire pit, like the kind sold at hardware and retail stores.

The fire department was sent to 425 2nd St. SW at 11:17 a.m. by the Stutsman County Communications Center on the report of fire in the backyard getting close to a house. Reuther said 22 firefighters and three units responded to the scene and the fire was extinguished within a few minutes. The firefighters and units were back at the fire station by noon.

“This is one of those fires that are unnecessary and cost the city taxpayers money,” he said.

Reuther said people should call the fire department at 252-1441 before burning anything in their yards.

“If you don’t know, just call and ask,” he said.

Chris Olson

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