A truck is believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged a building on Sunday, said Jim Reuther, chief of the Jamestown Fire Department.
Firefighters were at the scene of the fire for more than an hour at 1001 17th St. SW.
“It (the building) houses some trucks, some freight trucks of some type,” Reuther said.
The fire was reported at 4:38 p.m.
“When fire units rolled up there was black smoke coming out from underneath the eaves and the doors (of the building),” Reuther said. He said firefighters had a tough time locating the fire due to the smoke.
Reuther said the building had three or four trucks inside.
“It (the cause of the fire) most likely is going to be is one of the trucks that they use, it appears to be by the amount of damage and that (truck) was pulled out tonight by a wrecker service just to get it out of there” and prevent the fire from rekindling, Reuther said.
Firefighters had the fire out in about 20 minutes but were at the scene until 6 p.m. He said damage was extensive to the truck. The building had fire and smoke damage and Reuther said more would be known on the extent when Fire Department personnel visit the scene on Monday.
He did not know the name of the business at that location.
Six units and 25 firefighters responded to the fire.
“This afternoon was the first time that the ladder truck was utilized but it’s been on many calls,” Reuther said of the department's new truck. “Ladder 1 was utilized today to get it up in the air and see where we could find where the hotspot was in the roof by using” the thermal imaging equipment on the fire truck. “It worked beautiful and it showed exactly where the hottest spot was on that roof at the time and that roof was right above where the truck was at where they found the fire.”
No injuries were reported.
The fire remains under investigation.