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Cigarette, stiff winds spark Moorhead fire

A wind-stoked cigarette started a fire Wednesday at a south Moorhead apartment building, investigators said. The fire put tenants of five apartments in the 38-unit building at 1601 Belsly Blvd. temporarily out of a home, but no one was injured. N...

A wind-stoked cigarette started a fire Wednesday at a south Moorhead apartment building, investigators said.

The fire put tenants of five apartments in the 38-unit building at 1601 Belsly Blvd. temporarily out of a home, but no one was injured. No damage estimates were available, said Rich Duysen, Moorhead's fire marshal.

The fire started about 6:30 p.m. when high winds spread fire from a cigarette left on a third-floor balcony to the building, Duysen said. The fire melted a plastic sprinkler pipe between the third and second floors, which helped keep the flames from spreading.

Duysen said three units had fire damage: the third-floor apartment where the blaze began and the two units directly under it on the second and first floors.

Andre Sucharme, property manager for the building, said two other units were also evacuated because of water damage.

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