South Moorhead home damaged by fire

Firefighters contained the flames to a bedroom, bathroom and utility room in the basement.

A fire damages a home on Blue Stem Way in Moorhead.
Matt Henson / WDAY

MOORHEAD — A Moorhead family is without a home after a fire heavily damaged their home by Reinertsen Elementary School, 1201 40th Ave. S.

A neighbor noticed smoke coming from the home just after 11:30 a.m. Friday.

When firefighters got there they found a fire burning through a bedroom, bathroom and utility room in the basement.

The fire was starting to spread up the home on the outside, but firefighters stopped it from spreading to the second and third floors.

Smoke damage is persistent throughout the entire home, however.


No one was in the house at the time of the fire.

How the fire started is under investigation.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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