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Fire destroys Jamestown home early Saturday

The fire was reported after midnight.

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Fire destroyed this home and garage early Saturday, April 23, in Jamestown.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Fire destroyed a home and garage early Saturday, April 23, in Jamestown.

The fire was reported in the garage at 12:46 a.m. at 1414 5th Ave. NW, said Scott Cebula of the Stutsman County Communications Center.

Lt. Sheldon Mohr of the Jamestown Fire Department said no one was home at the time of the fire, and the split-level home and attached garage were a total loss.

A neighbor said Saturday that the homeowner is in Arizona.

Fire Chief Jim Reuther said Saturday afternoon that 21 firefighters and seven trucks were on the scene until 3:15 a.m. A flare-up was reported at 6:04 a.m., and 17 firefighters and five trucks returned to the scene for about an hour.

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"The wind last night (early Saturday) did not help anything. It just helped spread the fire more," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Reuther said. No injuries were reported.

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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