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House fire under investigation

The Jamestown Fire Department worked to extinguish a house fire July 20 at 1008 7th Ave. SE. The fire displaced three people living in the home. Kathy Steiner / Sun File Photo

A house fire on July 20 may have been intentionally set, the Jamestown Fire Department said Friday.

The Jamestown Police Department is investigating the 9:23 a.m. fire that caused $75,000 in structural damage to the single family dwelling at 1008 7th Ave SE, according to JFD Chief Jim Reuther. There were 23 firefighters and six trucks that responded to the blaze that resulted in smoke and fire damage to the second floor of the home.

“At the time we believe the fire was coming through the ceiling but we now believe it started on the second floor,” Reuther said Friday.

Police and fire investigators began an investigation into the fire and have determined that there is a high probability that this is an intentionally set fire in nature, Reuther said.

JPD Detective Dale Ackland said Friday that this is an open investigation and no details of why investigators believe the fire was set can be released at this time. The names of the homeowners, or who was living at the residence at the time of the fire could also not be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation, he said.

At the time of the fire JFD reported that three people lived in the home including an adult daughter. All three were displaced, Reuther said.

The announcement is to ask people who may have information related to the case to call the fire department at 252-1441 or the police department at 252-2414, he said.

“Basically, what we can say so far is that we have reason to believe this was most probably an intentionally set fire,” Ackland said.

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