FARGO – A sharp-eyed driver alerted firefighters to a trailer on fire at the North Softball Complex Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 30, potentially saving the maintenance building it was parked next to from worse damage.
“The first report was it looked like a small fire at the front of the trailer,” Battalion Chief Lee Soeth told reporters. “By the time they got back to really look at it, it had already started to engulf the whole trailer.”
He said strong winds at the time made the fire stronger and harder to fight.
The softball complex, located along Cass County Highway 81 northwest of the airport, is in an isolated area at the very edge of Fargo’s north end.
After the call came in around 1:50 p.m., the first on the scene were Harwood firefighters, who are much closer to the softball complex than Fargo firefighters. West Fargo firefighters were also on the scene.
Soeth said it took the Harwood crew about 10 minutes to put out the fire, and his crew arrived to help finish mopping up.
How the fire started and how much damage it caused was not immediately clear to Soeth, who said it was still under investigation.
He said he understood that the maintenance building was mostly empty because it’s not softball season.