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Jamestown Fire Department responds to cat cremation, fire at Ameristeel

The Jamestown Fire Department responded to two fire calls Saturday, Aug. 13, and the ready squad cleaned up a honey spill Sunday, Aug. 14.

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JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Fire Department responded to two fires, including one where someone was "cremating a cat" on a grill and another where a loud boom could be heard, and cleaned up a honey spill in the city, according to Jim Reuther, fire chief.

Reuther said three units and 11 firefighters responded to 1323 10th St. SE at about 4:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, where the individual was cremating a cat on a cooking grill.

"He thought the fire got away from him but it did not," he said. "The fire was out on arrival."

No injuries were reported and firefighters cleared the scene at about 4:30 a.m. The Jamestown Police Department also assisted at the scene.

The Jamestown Fire Department responded to a fire at Gerdau Ameristeel Recycling at 1510 10th St. SE at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday with three units and 26 firefighters.

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Reuther confirmed the fire was reported to the Stutsman County Communications Center as a "loud boom."

"We aren't sure what that all entailed," he said.

He said firefighters tried to extinguish a fire in a barrel but it continued to burn. A Gerdau Ameristeel employee watched to make sure the fire didn't get out of control once firefighters left the scene, he said.

Reuther said he did not know what was in the barrel.

The Jamestown Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. Reuther said the fire was within city limits and open burning is not allowed.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters cleared the scene at about 10:20 p.m.

The Jamestown Police Department also responded to the scene.

The Jamestown Fire Department ready squad also responded to a honey spill Sunday morning at 2nd Street and 4th Avenue Northwest, Reuther said.

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He said three 55 gallon barrels with honey rolled off a truck.

"The honey wasn't tied down," he said.

The ready squad sprayed water over the top of honey to get it to dissipate, Reuther said.

"If it needs to be cleaned up more, it will be up to the responsible party to have it cleaned up," he said.

The ready squad were on scene for about 15 minutes and cleared the area at about 11 a.m.

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