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Published February 17, 2012, 06:27 PM

Two buildings damaged by Jamestown Fire

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - Fire crews are still on scene in downtown Jamestown after a morning fire claimed the Vining Gas and Oil building. No injuries or deaths are being reported at this time.

Fire crews are still on scene in downtown Jamestown after a morning fire claimed the Vining Gas and Oil building. No injuries or deaths are being reported at this time.

A cloud of smoke still rests over downtown Jamestown as fire crews still battle hot spots inside of this Vining Oil and Gas warehouse; the contents of which caused high flames, huge plumes of smoke and reports of explosions.

CEO Brad Vining declined to go on camera, but says this building served as a warehouse for his company. Inside he had more than 600 tires, two tractors and several 55 gallon barrels of motor oil. He said there were no vintage cars inside as earlier reports indicated.

Jim Reuther – Jamestown Fire Chief: “We're going to have hot spots for another three or four days, we're hoping to maintain, but we're somewhat getting it under control, but there will be flames for a while.”

The call came in shortly before 10 this morning; crews say they were on scene within three minutes. The fire spread into the abandoned Old Elks building. Heavy smoke caused most surrounding buildings, including a hotel and an apartment to be evacuated.

Jim Reuther: “The smoke is going to smell for a while; unfortunately it seems they got smoke going all the way to the truck stop.”

Vining told me that damage estimates are easily over $1 million in his building alone. Insurance adjusters are expected to arrive sometime Monday, until then crews will be on scene 24-7 battling hot spots and watching the scene. There is no cause yet.

Firefighters were able to stay safe by using a remote control to fight much of the fire. This two-year old fire truck has a remote control deck gun. Crews can increase and decrease velocity, change direction and move the gun up or down from up to a block away. Firefighters say this also gives them a better view of the fire.

Larry Hust- Firefighter: “We can stay out of harm's way. The building - you don't want anything to fall on you, so you can stay back far enough - you can still operate the truck from there. Everybody's safe.”

Three dozen firefighters were on scene. More than 80% were volunteers.

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