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Cause of fire in Jamestown with loud 'boom' undetermined

An investigation into a fire Saturday evening, Aug. 13, at Gerdau Ameristeel Recycling found the cause to be undetermined, according to Lt. Sheldon Mohr with the Jamestown Fire Department.

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JAMESTOWN — The cause of a fire Saturday evening, Aug. 13, at Gerdau Ameristeel Recycling is undetermined, according to Lt. Sheldon Mohr with the Jamestown Fire Department.

Mohr said no Gerdau Ameristeel employees were at the business when the Jamestown Fire Department was dispatched by the Stutsman County Communications Center at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday to a report of a “boom” that shook a residence in southeast Jamestown. Firefighters tried to extinguish a fire in a barrel at the business, located at 1510 10th St. SE, but it continued to burn.

Mohr said the fire was contained to the barrel that is approximately 6 1/2 feet tall and about 8-by-6 feet. An employee stayed at the location until about midnight to make sure the fire didn’t get out of control once firefighters left, he said.

He said Gerdau Ameristeel does not accept propane cylinders and JFD in its investigation couldn’t determine that as the cause of the fire.

Mohr said employees were processing scrap in the area where the fire was when he went to investigate the cause.

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Several people in different areas of Jamestown, including the southwest, northeast and southeast, commented on a Community of Jamestown Supporting Our Local Community Facebook post. One person who lived a block from Gussner Elementary School wrote that the
"boom" rattled the windows of the individual's house.

“Went outside looking for smoke because definitely thought it was an explosion,” he wrote.

Another person wrote that it felt like someone ran into the house or something fell from the sky.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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