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Firefighters battle fire, heavy smoke near downtown Fargo

First responders asking people to avoid driving near First Avenue North west from University Drive or east from 25th Street North.

Fargo Fire on Dec. 5, 2020
Fargo firefighters battle heavy smoke at a two-alarm fire on First Avenue North in Fargo. Grace O'Neil / WDAY
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FARGO — Firefighters were sent to 1420 First Ave. N. in Fargo for reports of a fire around 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Fargo Fire Department said it was a two-alarm fire, which means the danger is higher. The building on site is surrounded by large statues of various animals.

Inside, the owner says, are precious antiques.

Property owner Gary Reinhart told WDAY News he is an auctioneer, and the building is full of antiques. Those treasures may be a total loss.

As of late Saturday evening, crews from Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead were on the scene. There were firefighters three different cherry pickers blasting the blaze with constant streams of water.

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First responders asked people to avoid driving near the area on First Avenue between University Drive and 25th Street North as they tried to control the flames.

Check back for updates at this story develops.

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