GRAND FORKS — Firefighters responded to a house fire, billowing smoke and flames, around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.

According to release sent to the media later Wednesday, fire crews found a large amount of fire on the outside of the house, burning up the exterior and making its way into the roof. The residents were not home at the time of the fire. The report said a bystander rescued the family pet from the backyard.

Fire was initially seen blazing from the roof of the home, located at 1697 38th St. in Grand Forks. Firefighters sawed through doors and smashed windows to vent the structure. The flames appeared to be under control by 5 p.m.

Fire investigators were on scene Wednesday evening conducting the investigation. There was significant damage to the house, according to the department's media release, but no damage estimate was yet available. There were no injuries to residents or fire department personnel.

The fire department responded with five engines, one ladder truck and one command vehicle staffed with 18 personnel. The fire department was assisted by the Grand Forks Police Department and Altru Ambulance.

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