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Fire guts West Fargo house; no one injured

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WEST FARGO – Nobody was hurt in a blaze that destroyed a house here Thursday, June 1, West Fargo fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 11:54 a.m. at 940 44th Ave. W. The first truck arrived at 12:06 p.m. and immediately confirmed that no one was in the house, West Fargo Fire Marshal Dell Sprecher said.

Sprecher said the house was fully engulfed in flames, which were shooting through the roof. The flames had burned the vinyl siding of the house and moved up to the attic, he said.

The roof began to collapse as crews tried to contain the fire, prompting firefighters to use an aerial ladder to hose down flames on the roof, according to a news release from the city of West Fargo.

Pump and water flow issues occurred but were resolved, Sprecher said. At 12:53 p.m., the fire was extinguished, he said.

Neighbor Brian Bohnanna said a mother and son were not in the house when the fire began. He said that after the blaze started, the mother huddled with neighbors in his yard and her son joined them.

Cats in the house were saved by a neighbor who let them out the back door, Sprecher said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials are not sure where the blaze started, but signs at the scene indicated that it began on the exterior of the house, the news release said.

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