Fire Chief Brings Forth Concerns on Vacated, Burned Property


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N.D. ( – A fire that occurred on New Year’s Eve in 2016 left a home unlivable and vacated.

Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther reports that crews extinguished the fire at 403½ 3rd Avenue NW. They were called back the next day after it rekindled. It has since been vacated and unlivable  while also causing some concerns for public safety.

Chief Reuther also reported that City Building Inspector Tom Blackmore had determined that nothing else could be built on that property. Chief Reuther asked the council to begin taking steps to address the home, saying he has recieved a lot of phone calls regarding the property.

Attorney Abbigail Geroux stated that there were steps the city would need to take to address the situation.

The city discussed options to secure the building while they take steps to demolish the home. The city will tag the property as unsafe and draft a letter to the owner informing them of the situation.

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