City Fire Ruled Arson

The fire that burned through a two-story vacant home at 236 Falconer St. on Wednesday night was ruled an arson, fire officials said.

According to Donald Woodfield, battalion chief of the Jamestown Fire Department, an investigation – led by the Jamestown Police Department – is currently ongoing to find those responsible.

“This was an intentionally set fire,” Woodfield said. “Arsons happen for many different reasons … and (arsonist profiles) run the gamut.”

Woodfield said the house sustained significant fire damage to its first floor. Further details on the extent of the damage were unavailable Thursday afternoon.

No residents lived in the house and no injuries were reported.

Woodfield added that 30 to 50 percent of reported fires are deemed arsons.

One of the more recent arson fires – albeit smaller in scale – occurred on Dec. 3, in which a fire was found inside a vacant house on First Street near Rundquist Alley.

Wednesday night’s fire erupted at 7:37 p.m. and kept the Jamestown Fire Department busy for two hours. A witness said flames could be seen shooting out of windows on both stories of the structure from a block away, but were extinguished within two minutes of the fire department’s arrival.