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Fire destroys sheds, small granaries in rural Courtenay

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded to a fire about 20 miles north of Jamestown on Wednesday, May 25.

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The Jamestown Rural Fire Department responded to a fire about 20 miles north of Jamestown on Wednesday, May 25, that destroyed multiple machine sheds and small granaries, according to Brian Paulson, rural fire chief.

Paulson said JRFD responded to a call at about 12:30 p.m. to provide mutual aid to the Courtenay Rural Fire District at 8645 16th St. SE, Courtenay, with six trucks and 15 firefighters. When the JRFD arrived on scene, he said Courtenay Rural Fire and Wimbledon Fire Protection District had everything under control.

Paulson said about five to six machine sheds and small granaries are a total loss. He said the buildings were in close proximity to each other.

"We helped do some overhaul and supplied some water for them, filled up their trucks and returned back to base (at about 2:30 p.m.)," he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, Jamestown Area Ambulance and Northern Plains Electric Cooperative also responded to the scene.

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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