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Explosion Catches Fargo Home on Fire

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An explosion catches a South Fargo home on fire leaving one family with out a home. It happened just before 1:30 Friday afternoon at 1836 56th Avenue South.

In a matter of minutes, Shannon Bussard's home was up in flames.

"I heard a bang and suddenly there was smoke in the house," Shannon recalls.

The smoke that Bussard believes came from a fire on the deck, quickly moved inside.

"Heard a pop and we called 911."

Josh Miller was sitting in a living room next door. As the fire started to get out of control, neighbors next door knew they had to act quick because of the proximity of the houses.

"I heard boom didn't know what to do ran outside and to his home to make sure he was out."

The fire caused damage to neighbor's homes on each side of the Bussard's house, including Dave Cotney's.

"It's sad we are all pretty close. It stinks."

Although everyone made it out okay, fire officials believe it could've been a lot worst. "With the vinyl siding that burns a lot quicker."

The neighbors on 56th Avenue South know they have each other to get through this.

"He's my best friend and everyone made it out okay."

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The Bussard's do have four children, but luckily they were at school at the time. One dog made it out with the Bussards, and a second dog was originally missing, but has been located alive.

ORIGINAL STORY

We have breaking news to report Friday afternoon. Just before 1:30 p.m. an explosion was reported at 1836 56th Avenue South in Fargo. Two people were home at the time, the home owner tells Valley News Live he was sleeping and he woke up to a loud "pop."

Both people and one dog made out of the home as smoke and fire engulfed it. One dog is still unaccounted for.

The back side of the home is on fire and there is also a fire in the back yard. Because of the close proximity of neighboring homes, some of them were damaged and nearby homes have been evacuated.

Valley News Live has a crew on scene and will bring you the details as they develop.

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