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Roof Catches Fire In South Fargo

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Fargo fire crews were called to the scene of a house fire Wednesday night. The fire was called in around 8:30pm at 1118 8th Avenue South.

When crews arrived they found the roof in flames, but were able to knock down most of the fire. 

Two of five college students renting the house were home at the time of the fire, but the smoke detectors went off, and they were able to safely get outside.

Fire investigators said the fire was caused when a fire was lit in a fireplace that had the chimney blocked off by roofing materials.

They also say they have been battling a lot of fires recently, and fighting the frigid temperatures as well.

"The cold makes everything more difficult. It's slippery for the firefighters, they have to make sure they keep their charged hose lines running or they freeze up. It just makes everything a little more difficult," says Steve Balstad, Assistant Fire Chief.

Due to ice and slush build up the Fargo Street Department was called in to clean and sand the street.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross helped out the residents with food and shelter. 

The fire department also asks people to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected.

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