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Overnight House Fire in Fargo

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Firefighters have been on the scene of a house fire that happened around 10:30 p.m.

It happened at 4114 Timberline Drive, in Fargo. 

Neighbors we spoke to say the fire started from a lightning strike hitting the roof. One neighbor was trying to take pictures of the lighting when he heard a boom and saw lightning hit the house. 

The family was not home at the time of the fire and no people, pets or firefighters were injured.
Press Release from Fargo Fire Department:

FARGO, N.D. (June 20, 2013) – At 10:34 p.m. today, Thursday, June 20, the Fargo Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 4114 Timberline Dr. South in Fargo. Initial reports indicated that no one was home when the fire started. A neighbor noticed the fire and called 9-1-1 to report it. 

 When the first fire crews arrived on scene, they reported heavy fire showing from home's eaves. One of the home's occupants arrived and confirmed that no one was inside. Fire crews proceeded into the house but encountered excessive heat conditions from heavy fire on the second floor.

The fire attack was not making any headway and there were concerns about the roof's stability because the fire spread into the attic. Crews operating inside were ordered out of the building because of a strong potential for roof collapse. Crews repositioned on the outside and knocked down a large portion of the fire.

After that, crews re-entered the house and attacked the fire in the attic. Because the back portion of the roof had burned through, firefighters salvaged as many belongings as possible to protect them from the weather.

The fire caused extensive damage to the second floor and roof of the structure. A damage estimate is not available at this time.  

 The Fargo Fire Department responded with 16 personnel on four engines, one truck, and one command vehicle. FM Ambulance, Fargo Police Department, and the Salvation Army provided assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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