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Cause of two home fires determined

Jamestown Fire Department has completed its investigation into the cause of two home fires that occurred on Nov. 20.JFD Lt. Sheldon Mohr said that an undetermined electrical problem was the most probable cause of a fire that left a family of thre...

Jamestown Fire Department has completed its investigation into the cause of two home fires that occurred on Nov. 20.
JFD Lt. Sheldon Mohr said that an undetermined electrical problem was the most probable cause of a fire that left a family of three without a home at 452 2nd St. SW. All JFD crews responded to a call of heavy smoke rising out of the second-floor single-family dwelling at 5:29 a.m. The fire was extinguished in just under three hours, and one firefighter was injured.
Mohr said the structure was heavily damaged, but the insurance company would determine if the family would rebuild or repair the home. The dollar amount in damage is not known, he said.
Later than same day JFD was called to a fire at 115 Sunnyside Trailer Park at 6:16 p.m. One firefighter was injured in a response that took just under two hours, and JFD was called back twice in subsequent days to put out rekindling fires.
The single-family dwelling was completely lost in a structure fire, and the investigation determined that the cause was radiant heat from an oven range, Mohr said.
“When the pilot light went out on the furnace the homeowner couldn’t get it re-lit and used the oven as a heat source,” Mohr said. “The trailer house was totaled.”

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