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UPDATE: More than a dozen displaced from apartment fire in Fargo

One firefighter received minor injuries.
Published: Oct. 11, 2020 at 5:09 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2020 at 4:06 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Update: (Oct. 13)

As of Tuesday, Oct 13, the Red Cross is providing hotel rooms for 12 families displaced by Sunday’s fire in north Fargo. They will provide this emergency sheltering for the next several days until the families can get moved into new apartments.

Red Cross is providing the families with meals, comfort kits, and face masks.

Volunteer caseworkers will also meet with the individuals and families over the coming days and weeks to provide disaster mental health resources and help them develop a recovery plan.

UPDATE: All of the people living in the 24 units of an apartment building in Fargo that caught fire Sunday morning have now been displaced.

At 2:44 a.m. Sunday morning, Fargo Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment building at 910 33rd Ave N for a report of a structure fire.

When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire conditions. Officials say the fire had already breached the attic space and was burning through the roof. The fire grew rapidly due to winds gusting over 30 mph eventually consuming the roof of the building. The fire grew to three alarms.

During the fire, part of the stairwell ceiling collapsed on one of the interior search crews. One firefighter received minor injuries but was able to continue assisting in the search.

Crews were able to ensure all residents were out of the apartment building.

Officials say all residents of the 24 unit apartment building have been displaced.

The Red Cross was on scene and assisting the residents with temporary housing.

Fargo Fire says several pets were rescued by firefighters. Unfortunately, several were also lost to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A damage estimate is not yet available.

The Fargo Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check their smoke detectors monthly and always leave the building at the first sign of smoke or fire. Exit drills in the home are a great time for families to plan for two ways out in the event of a fire and where to meet up after. Information on fire safety is available on the Fargo Fire Department’s website and you can follow the Fargo Fire Department on Facebook for frequent safety tips.

Fargo and Moorhead fire crews were in the 900 block of 33rd Ave. North in Fargo fighting an early morning fire on Sunday.

Crews battle overnight fire in north Fargo Photo: Christopher Ollestad/Burst
Crews battle overnight fire in north Fargo Photo: Christopher Ollestad/Burst(Christopher Ollestad)

Viewer photos and video show large flames coming from the top of the building.

Our crew at the scene saw smoke and flames coming from the third floor and roof of the apartment complex, with two ladder trucks spraying water into the top of the building. A chimney was leaning heavily on the near side of the building that looked like it was ready to collapse.

Crews battle overnight fire in Fargo. Photo: Nathan Hopper
Crews battle overnight fire in Fargo. Photo: Nathan Hopper(Nathan Hopper)

There has been no word yet from fire officials as to the cause of the fire, if anybody was inside the building when it started, or if anybody was injured.

This is a developing story. Stay with Valley News Live on air, online, and on the app as we continue to learn more.

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