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Two condo tenants won't return to same homes

Two of three tenants left homeless in a recent condominium fire in Jamestown will not be returning to the same homes.About 30 firefighters and five units from Jamestown Fire Department responded to the blaze reported at 9:49 p.m. Dec. 18, staying...

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The entryway to a townhome that was destroyed in an overnight blaze reported at 9:49 p.m. Dec. 18, when about 30 firefighters and five units from Jamestown Fire Department responded were on the scene until 3 a.m. the next day. Three townhomes burned and others were evacuated along the 2nd Avenue Southwest cul de sac that borders the James River.

Two of three tenants left homeless in a recent condominium fire in Jamestown will not be returning to the same homes.
About 30 firefighters and five units from Jamestown Fire Department responded to the blaze reported at 9:49 p.m. Dec. 18, staying on the scene until 3 a.m. the next day. Three townhomes burned and others were evacuated along the 2nd Avenue Southwest cul de sac that borders the James River.
JFD Lt. Sheldon Mohr said Monday that following an investigation the cause of the fire was ruled to be undetermined.
Joyce Baumgartner, who occupied the center condominium that completely burned, has found a new apartment in Jamestown, said Brian Shawn, communications officer for the American Red Cross Dakotas Region. She is currently finding common items for her new home, such as bedding, towels, kitchen supplies and other items to replace what was burned.
“We have worked mainly with her daughter and she is using funds from us and others to purchase items for the new apartment,” Shawn said. “Joyce seems to be on the road to recovery, but we will continue to follow up as she recently lost her husband in November and now this.”
Five members of the Brandon Iverson family are hoping to get back into their condo in early January, Shawn said.
“They had some water and smoke damage but it should be cleaned up soon and once again livable,” he said.
The three members of the Courtney Humes family would likely have had a much longer wait. There is a hole in the roof of their condo from the fire exposing the interior to the elements. The family had been planning a move to a home in Spiritwood before the fire happened, however, and will follow through with that plan, Shawn said.
“They had a place to go almost right away, but have been busy collecting items for their home as they were left without many possessions after the fire,” Shawn said. “They have been getting a lot of donations of clothing and goods from friends and family members. They seem to be doing well as they put a new home together.”
The families were assisted by the Buffalo Valley Chapter of the Red Cross. Caseworkers are still working with the families. For more information, call (701) 364-1800.

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