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North Fargo Apartment Building Destroyed in Fire

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Courtesy: Dennis Theisen Courtesy: Dennis Theisen

UPDATE 9:29 PM by Emily Welker

Residents of the apartment building evacuated during Friday morning's construction site fire have pieced together something of unified theory of what might have led up to it. The fire, which firefighters say must have burned unattended for some time before they were summoned, destroyed the partly finished structure and forced residents in the adjacent building out into the street after firefighters thought the flames might spread to occupied structures.

"There's no electricity that I know of, no gas lines," says Nathan Szurek, from his ground-floor apartment, looking over at the mess. "So there's really no other way, than somebody starting it."

Residents say they've seen or heard of people coming and going from the site who don't appear to be construction workers, in spite of the posted 'No trespassing' signs. They say they were unsurprised by early reports that police are investigating break-ins there, as well as the theft of a generator from the construction site.

Fire officials say they investigated whether or not there were any lines of residue left behind at the site from either an incendiary device or from combustible fluids. They say if there are, they'll take samples and send them in for lab tests. However, they caution, the destruction might have been too extensive for them to gather much in the way of evidence. Many cases of fire in the city wind up being listed as being of undetermined cause, they said Friday.





Fargo fire crews are watching hot spots after knocking down a massive fire that started just before 4:30 Friday morning. It's on the 1900 block of Dakota Drive North in Fargo, which is a few blocks south of the NDSU campus.

Smoke and an orange glow could be seen from the interstate as the huge flames engulfed an apartment complex that was currently under construction. Fire crews say because of that, there is no reason anyone should have been inside of it at the time of the fire.

No injuries have been reported, but a nearby apartment building was evacuated for much of the early morning hours. One tenant of a neighboring building said he ordered a late-night pizza and the pizza delivery person told him the building next door was on fire.

Valley News team's John Trierweiler was live at the fire during the Valley Today and talked with Fargo firefighter Matt Nelson.  Nelson says because the building was not yet finished, a lot of oxygen was allowed in to fuel the flames. The apartment complex is a complete loss and many tools and building materials were also lost in the fire.

The state fire marshal will be investigating to find out what caused the fire. Crews say there have previously been reports of broken locks and other signs of late-night activity at the same construction site.


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