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Fire at West Fargo In-Home Daycare

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Updated Story 4:30 p.m.:

A scary situation at an in-home daycare in West Fargo Monday after a fire breaks out in one of the bedrooms. Thankfully one adult and a teen helped get five young children safely out of the home.


Angie Nelson assists at the in-home daycare called Little Monkeys, where today five children under the age of four were being cared for when a fire started in the bedroom.

"Jami was standing outside crying, so I figured something happened obviously and thankfully all the kids got out." Angie says.

Angie wasn't there at the time when the owner Jami Sell was rushing to get all the children out.

"I just panicked, just freaked out. It hasn't quite hit me yet, again I mean are you kidding me, I mean you just can't win." Jami says shaking her head.

Her fear came from a similar incident that happened just over a year ago. Jami lost her home in South Fargo because of a fire. But this time the fire only damaged a wall and the floor, much thanks to a volunteer David Sapp.

"When the page went off he recognized the address from down the street from where he was." West Fargo Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider says, "So he came back to this address, and he went in and discovered it was just a small fire at the time, but it was producing a lot of the smoke."

Sapp is a volunteer firefighter, but was working for the Sanitation department when he rushed to the home. After seeing the fire was still small he grabbed a shovel full of snow to put it out.

"Thankfully he was only a couple houses down." Angie says with a sigh.

The daycare will be shut down for a couple days while the smoke clears out of the home, which Jami says is a small price to pay considering what could have happened had things been worse.

"I mean I rather loose my house than lose someone else's child." Jami says holding back tears.

An electrical fire that has all thankful for the quick action that was done.

The Red Cross is assisting the family by providing a hotel room and money for food.


Original Story:

Fire crews in West Fargo were called around 10:00 a.m. Monday to a fire at a trailer home.  The original report was of flames and smoke coming from a bedroom.

The home at 1014 Brookwood Lane in West Fargo also serves as an in-home daycare. It is located south of Main Avenue near 11th Street East in West Fargo. An adult, a teen and all children were able to get out safely, and when firefighters arrived they were all were in a vehicle outside the home.

The fire was quickly put out. Valley News Team's Kristi Larson is on scene and says a sanitation worker who heard the fire call was near by and able to help put out the flames with snow. Fire crews are still on scene and believe an electrical problem may have started the fire.

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