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UPDATE: Man who died in Grand Forks apartment fire identified

21 South 4th Street in Grand Forks, ND.
21 South 4th Street in Grand Forks, ND.(Valley News Live)
Published: Mar. 26, 2022 at 11:01 AM CDT
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Grand Forks Police and Fire Departments responded to an apartment fire at 21 South 4th Street around 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

Grand Forks Police say 45-year-old Derek Andersen died of his injuries. They add that the fire is being classified as accidental, saying it started after a cigarette that wasn’t discarded properly started nearby materials on fire.

The Fire Department urges people to follow these fire safety steps:

  • Properly dispose of smoking materials in a non-combustible container.
  • Ensure working smoke detectors are present and regularly replace the batteries.
  • Implement an emergency plan for your home and practice it regularly.

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