Fire damages home, garage

A fire tore through a northeast Jamestown residence Tuesday morning causing no injuries but leaving five people with an uninhabitable home, said Jim Reuther, fire chief.

The fire that caused between $70,000 and $90,000 worth of damage happened shortly before 8:44 a.m. at 313 17th Ave. N.E., Reuther said. Crews including five trucks and 29 firefighters were on the scene until 11:05 a.m.

A Ford car and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle were lost in the blaze as well as the garage itself. The home will need a new roof and also sustained water and smoke damage.

While no injuries were reported, heat exhaustion was a concern for the firefighters because of high humidity levels, Reuther said. The Salvation Army and Buffalo Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross were on scene supplying water.

The Red Cross provided kits with hygiene items, as well as clothing vouchers, said Beth Dewald, executive director. it would have also provided lodging accommodations, but the homeowners had insurance to take care of that, she said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and the investigation is open, Reuther said. He said he would need to find three things to determine the cause: a heat source, a fuel source and an ignition source. none was found at the scene.

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