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Fargo Fire Inspecting Christmas Eve Morning House Fire

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Everyone loves coming home for the holidays.

But the Fargo Fire Department is still investigating an early morning Christmas Eve house fire that will keep one Fargo family from doing just that.

"About 3:30 in the morning the occupants of the structure, I believe, discovered that there was smoke coming from the attic or roof area," says Fargo Fire Department Fire Inspector and Investigator Douglas Nelson.

When crews arrived to the scene, there was smoke coming from the vents of the home and as the saying goes: "where there's smoke..."

"There was fire in the attic, so they had to pull a little bit of ceiling and quickly extinguish the fire in the attic area," says Nelson.

The fire department was on scene for about two hours with a few leads as to how the fire started.

"The investigators did notice that there were space heaters around, but we don't know for sure if that was the cause of the fire," he says.

So if you're going to use space heaters this cold time of the year, make sure to use them safely.

"Make sure there's nothing flammable or combustible around it and also make sure that it's directly plugged in to the outlet in the wall," he says.

That way, if the space heater overheats, it can trip the circuit breaker and hopefully prevent a fire. Valley News Live wasn't able to reach the family today, but they do have one gift to still be thankful for.

"There were five dogs and also a cat and every occupant and the pets also made it out just fine," says Nelson.

Fargo fire fighters want to remind everyone to keep a close eye on all cooking appliances and candles in the holidays over the next few days.

     If you ever see or smell smoke or notice anything that makes you suspicious of a fire, they say to never hesitate to call 911.

 

 

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