FARGO — The Fargo Fire Department said a leaking propane cylinder inside a garage caused an explosion late Thursday night on University Drive.
The two-stall garage at 702 University Drive South had collapsed by the time firefighters arrived.
The Fargo Fire Department said only one person living in the nearby area reported an injury related to the explosion.
The person who was hurt declined medical assistance. The people inside the home attached to the garage were able to safely evacuate from the home. Two cars were inside the garage, and it is considered a total loss.
A neighbor sent video from their doorbell camera to WDAY-TV that shows the garage explosion.
The timestamp on the video shows it happening at 11:54:06 p.m. on December 12, 2019.
Following the explosion, police shut down a block of University drive to investigate.
Fargo Battalion Chief Jason Ness said the garage held multiple propane canisters, ranging from 20-pound containers typically used for grills and 16-ounce containers usually used for campers. Ness said it will take a few weeks to determine which canister was leaking and what caused the explosion.
The Batallion Chief added that the explosion is a good reminder of why it is important to store propane outdoors and said that it is against some fire safety codes for commercial buildings to keep propane tanks inside.