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Posted on: March 25, 2020

1 p.m. March 26, 2020-Cause of fire and estimated damage cost for two structure fires in West Fargo

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UPDATE:

Cause of fire and estimated damage cost for two structure fires in West Fargo

The Parkwest Gardens apartment fire at 1104 Second St. E in West Fargo was ruled as accidental and classified as an unattended cooking fire. Estimated cost of damage is $5,000. The displaced family continues to receive assistance from the American Red Cross due to heavy fire and smoke damage in the home.

The 100 block of C Street unattached, two stall garage fire is estimated at approximately $30,000 worth of damage. It is still under investigation. No more information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL:

The West Fargo Fire Department responded to two structure fires earlier today. The first call was at 3:39 p.m. located at 108th C St in West Fargo and the other call was at 5:58 p.m. at 1104 second St E in West Fargo.

The first call was in the 100 block of C Street. Upon arrival, West Fargo officers saw smoke coming from a two stall, unattached garage. West Fargo Officers did locate one person in the house and moved them to safety. A second West Fargo police officer heard a male’s voice coming from inside the burning garage. As officers made contact the person inside threatened to shoot officers if they entered. The officers feared the male would not survive the fire and made entry to save the man. The male was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Two West Fargo officers were checked at the scene for smoke inhalation, a third officer was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

The suspect did not reside at the residence, it appears the fire was intentionally set. This case remains under investigation with the West Fargo Police Department and the West Fargo Fire Department.

The second structure fire was at Parkwest Gardens. Upon arrival, first responders saw heavy smoke coming from the kitchen area of the apartment. Firefighters extinguished the fire. Due to the heavy smoke in the home, the family living in that apartment was displaced and is getting help from the American Red Cross. The rest of the residents in the apartment complex were able to return to their homes.

No more information will be available at this time.

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