West Fargo man faces multiple charges for house fire with women, dogs inside

Nicholas Fradet allegedly started a fire in his mother’s basement and barricaded himself inside. Two dogs had to be resuscitated with CPR.

West Fargo Fire Department personnel lift a dog after reviving the animal at the scene of a house fire at 513 17th St. E. in West Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO — A West Fargo man is facing endangerment by fire and animal cruelty charges after he, two women and two dogs were pulled from a burning house.

Cass County prosecutors asked a judge to issue an arrest warrant last week against 31-year-old Nicholas Patrick Fradet. He was not in jail as of Wednesday, March 15.

Court documents allege Fradet started a fire Jan. 10 in his mother’s basement and barricaded himself inside. Two women were pulled out of the house at 513 17th St. E. rescued, according to West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller.

Fradet was unconscious when he was rescued from the basement. Firefighters also rescued and revived two dogs using animal CPR and resuscitation equipment, according to media reports. No one died in the fire.

Court records did not list an attorney for Fradet.

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