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Three-house fire in West Fargo ruled accidental, cause undetermined

The fire at 580 22nd St. E. in the Meadowridge neighborhood of West Fargo has been ruled accidental. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Fire Department has ruled the fire that destroyed two Meadowridge neighborhood homes and damaged another house last month as accidental while the cause remains undetermined.

Chief Dan Fuller told The Forum that the department knows the fire on April 19 originated outside the home at 580 22nd St. E., and they ruled out arson.

The insurance companies are focusing on the meter box as the source of the fire, but Fuller said his department doesn't have the "expertise to go through the stuff they are looking at."

A technical report from insurance companies is expected to provide further information on the cause, he added.

On April 19, a swath of trucks and firefighters from Fargo and West Fargo navigated congested, narrow streets before extinguishing the blaze that spread to houses on either side of the home.

Black plumes of smoke were visible for miles that evening, drawing a large crowd of onlookers.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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