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Fargo police investigate report of thefts at fire-damaged apartment complex

The apartment complex, which is managed by Braaten Properties, is currently unlivable, according to manager Jordan Crouse.

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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 — Fargo police are investigating a report that a 12-unit apartment building in south Fargo that was the scene of a fire Wednesday night, May 11, was hit by thieves on Thursday night.

The Wednesday night fire displaced 28 tenants, according to Fargo Fire Department officials.

The apartment complex, which is managed by Braaten Properties, is currently unlivable, according to manager Jordan Crouse, who said thieves broke into the building Thursday night and made off with property belonging to tenants.

She said police were informed of the incident and the building was being resecured Friday.

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Flames shoot out of a roof of an apartment building in the 600 block of 11th Street South in Fargo late Wednesday night, May 11.
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Fire crews were dispatched at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday to the building at 605 11th St. S., between South University Drive and 10th Street in the Hawthorne neighborhood.

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When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the roof of the building, and tenants were rapidly evacuating, fire officials said in a statement.

Firefighters extinguished the flames in just under an hour. Eight cats were found and removed from the building, all unharmed and reunited with their owners, fire officials said, adding that no people were injured in the blaze.

According to Fargo Fire Department Capt. Ryan Viergutz, the fire started in the attic of the apartment building, then spread to several other areas of the top floor and below.

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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