Investigators Rule Cause of Fargo Garage Fire Accidental - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Investigators Rule Cause of Fargo Garage Fire Accidental

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Fargo Fire Investigators say a large garage fire started by leaking gasoline ignited by open flame propane heating equipment.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, at a South Fargo apartment complex located at 512 45 St S. 

Those living in nearby apartments say they noticed a fire had started in a garage stall where they had been working on a car. 

When firefighters arrived six double stall garages were on fire in the middle of a 24 garage complex.

The fire caused the total loss of three vehicles, six double garages and everything inside, and caused moderate damage to four other garages. An estimated value of the loss has not been determined.

The Fargo Fire Department recommends that you don't use open flame heating equipment when flammable liquids or vapors are around.


Several garage fires are destroyed or damaged after a quick-spreading fire Monday afternoon.  The call came in around 2:30 p.m. When fire crews arrived there was heavy smoke and flames coming from middle of 100-foot long row of garages.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Balstad says the fire was spreading both ways down the row of garages, but "fire stoppers" in the garage units helped slow the flames.

There were vehicles in some of the garages, but there is no word on the amount of damage this fire caused.  As of 5:00 p.m. Monday, crews were still on scene. The fire is contained, but firefighters were keeping an eye on hot spots.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.


BREAKING NEWS: Fargo Firefighters are on scene of a large fire in south Fargo. The fire started in garages along an apartment complex near 45th Street and 5th Avenue South.

Initial reports on the police scanner indicate the fire started in one garage, and was spreading both ways down the row of garages. As of 3:15 p.m., Valley News Team's Kristi Larson reports the fire is under control.

Firefighters aren't saying how many garages are affected, but Kristi says it looks like several completely destroyed.


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