FARGO — A dumpster fire that damaged the Fryn' Pan restaurant at 300 Main Ave. in Fargo early Monday morning, June 14, may have been intentionally set, according to a statement released by Fargo Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson.
The dumpster was located near the building and the fire damaged both the dumpster and a portion of the building, according to Erickson, who said the damage is estimated at $5,000.
Erickson said there are indications the fire was intentionally set.
Prior to Monday's fire, Fargo police and fire officials were investigating at least seven fires in less than three months labeled as suspicious or intentionally set.
Before Monday, the most recent fire occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, June 9 in an abandoned flood buyout house at 3680 River Drive S. that had no gas or electricity running to it and had been used by the Red River Valley SWAT Team for training.
Shortly before that fire, crews were dispatched to five dumpster fires in three separate locations in south Fargo.
All of the overnight fires were labeled by investigators as suspicious.
Prior to Monday's fire, Fargo police said they believed the previous dumpster fires were linked, but it was uncertain if the house fire was also related to them.
Police and fire officials said Monday they do not know whether Monday's dumpster fire was linked to any earlier fires.
Authorities have said they do not believe the recent overnight fires were related to a May 11 arson at a strip mall at 3242 20th St. S. in Fargo.
That fire destroyed Bodyworks physical therapy and GiGi's Playhouse, an "achievement center" for people with Down syndrome, and caused an estimated $1.25 million in damage.
Fargo fire officials announced June 8 that the strip mall fire was intentionally set.