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Fire at South Fargo Apartment Building

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UPDATED: April 30 4:30 p.m.

Several families will not have a home for the next few days after fire broke out in their apartment building around 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

The fire happened at 4219 10th Avenue South in Fargo. Firefighters arrived to a lot of smoke coming from the roof of the building.

One of the people who lives there, Ken Kunze, says, "A lot of people were running in and out of the building, and I looked outside and fire trucks were here and smoke."

Another resident, Stanley Kwiecien, says he was still sleeping from a late night. The only sign that there was a fire in the building was the smoke coming under Kwiecien's door from the hallway.

"My roommate banged on my door, said there's a fire we need to get out," he explains.

Kunze smelled smoke but had no idea what was happening. He says, "I got me and my family out and some of the other residents."

The Fargo Fire Marshal, Norm Scott says the first fire truck on the scene went in and noticed the fire was coming from the attic area.

Crews were able to knock down and completely extinguish the fire within about a half hour, but there was damage to a few units.

"We did have to pull down some ceilings up on the third floor," says Scott.

Electricity was disconnected because wiring was damaged during the fire. Also, upon entering the building crews said no smoke detectors were sounding, since the majority of smoke was in the hallways.

Everyone was able to make it out safely, which is what Kunze is most proud of. "That's what it boils down to. You can always rebuild, but you can't replace a person," he says.

Investigators are still working on the cause of the fire. 

It displaced 28 people. The "Rooms for Red Cross" program provided 15 hotel rooms for eight families over the next few days.

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