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Apartment complex fire blamed on improperly discarded cigarettes

The fire displaced 28 tenants, according to fire department officials.

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This 12-unit apartment building seen Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 605 11th St. S., Fargo, was severely damaged by fire the previous night, displacing 28 residents.
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FARGO — A fire that caused heavy damage to a 12-unit apartment building in Fargo the night of May 11 was caused by improperly discarded cigarettes on a third-floor balcony.

That's according to Ryan Erickson, fire marshal with the Fargo Fire Department, who issued a written statement Wednesday, May 18, outlining the cause of the blaze at 605 11th St. S.

Erickson said the fire extended from the balcony to the attic of the apartment complex, and damage has been estimated to be $350,000.

The fire displaced 28 tenants, according to fire department officials.

Thieves later broke into the empty building and made off with an undisclosed amount of property.

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Fargo police said anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660. Anonymous tips can be submitted by texting keyword FARGOPD and the tip to 847411.

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