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2 families displaced by north Fargo duplex fire

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Crews respond to a north Fargo apartment at 816 32nd St. N., for a kitchen fire that displaced two families in the complex. Forum staff reports2 / 2

FARGO – Two families have been displaced after a north Fargo duplex was significantly damaged due to a kitchen fire Thursday night, March 8.

Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson said crews were dispatched at 8:12 p.m. to the fire in a two-story residence with two units at 816 32nd St. N.

Crews had the fire knocked down within about 10 minutes of arriving, Capt. Ryan Viergutz said in a news release. All of the residents had safely evacuated before firefighters arrived.

The fire had originated in the lower-level kitchen and caused “quite a bit of fire damage” and smoke damage to the other unit, Anderson said. However, the building is not a complete loss, Anderson said.

Fifteen firefighters responded with four fire engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle. Fargo police and F-M Ambulance also responded to the fire, Viergutz said.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the families find temporary living arrangements, Anderson said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Fire Department encourages everyone to check their smoke alarms monthly and to be sure to have an escape plan that includes two ways out of a home in the event of a fire.