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Fire destroys home in Ypsilanti

A few cats perished in the blaze

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A firefighter from the Jamestown Rural Fire Department sprays water on a house Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Ypsilanti.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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YPSILANTI, N.D. - Fire destroyed a two-story home Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Ypsilanti, said Brian Paulson, chief of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 12:11 p.m. at 120 1st St. West, and firefighters were at the location for more than 6 hours.

“When we got the page, when the (Stutsman County) deputy got on scene, it was already fully involved,” Paulson said.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the blaze. A few cats in the home died in the fire, Paulson said. One person, a neighbor, was transported by Jamestown Area Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation, he said.

Paulson said firefighters could not save the home and worked to protect nearby houses. One home next door to the east sustained damage to siding from the heat.


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A firefighter from the Jamestown Rural Fire Department looks to the American flag posted at the top of a mountain-high pile of firewood outside the Ypsilanti house that was destroyed. The pile of wood also caught on fire that was getting extinguished.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Paulson said icy streets and a lot of snow on roadways created issues to get to the homes.

“We had pretty limited access of where we could get our trucks,” he said.

The Stutsman County Road Department moved snow and smoldering firewood that was next to the home to county property on the edge of town.

Twenty-eight firefighters with nine vehicles responded to the fire and left the scene at 6:53 p.m.

Also assisting were Jamestown Area Ambulance and the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.

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A house is fully engulfed in flames Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Ypsilanti, N.D. Firefighters from the Jamestown Rural Fire Department were at the scene for more than three hours after the fire was reported around noon. More information wasn't immediately available.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

At least two people were displaced.

“We had the Red Cross dispatched down there and the family was working with the Red Cross to get some support there,” Paulson said.

Paulson said the fire is under investigation. The state fire marshal is expected to be at the scene on Wednesday.

Kathy Steiner has been the editor of The Jamestown Sun since 1995. She graduated from Valley City State College with a bachelor's degree in English and studied mass communications at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She reports on business, government and community topics in the Jamestown area. Reach her at 701-952-8449 or ksteiner@jamestownsun.com.
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