FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) An apartment complex was damaged after a fire broke out on the outside deck one of the units.
Fargo firefighters responded to a report of “smoke and flames coming from inside a second floor apartment” at 4948 47th Street South in Fargo at 5:15 p.m. on September 10, 2017.
The first arriving crew found a fire sprinkler operating on the second floor balcony with reports from bystanders that the occupants of the apartment were still inside. Crews checked the apartment and found that the fire was contained to the balcony and there was no one inside.
The fire did not grow large because of an operating fire sprinkler. There was some damage to the vinyl siding before the sprinkler was activated.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is initially estimated to be $2,000.00 to the building and no contents were damaged.
The Fargo Fire Department responded with 16 personnel on four engines, one truck, and one command vehicle.
This fire serves as an excellent example of the importance of fire protection systems. Had the sprinkler not been installed, the fire would have consumed a much larger portion of the building’s exterior and may have extended into the inside.
A number of people had to leave the complex for a time as firefighters put out the blaze.
No injuries have been reported. We’re still awaiting word on what caused the fire.