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Man admits role in meth pipe fire

A Fargo man accused of inadvertently starting a house fire with a meth pipe pleaded guilty in the case Tuesday. Christopher J. Hanson, 30, 204 24th St. S., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief in Cass County District Court. He was accu...

A Fargo man accused of inadvertently starting a house fire with a meth pipe pleaded guilty in the case Tuesday.

Christopher J. Hanson, 30, 204 24th St. S., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief in Cass County District Court.

He was accused of smoking meth with a friend on Sept. 14 at 903 5th Ave. S. shortly before a fire started there. The friend, Tonia Nicole Green, was renting the home and eventually told police a pipe left on a bed may have started the blaze.

Hanson was also charged with giving a false report to police, but that count was dismissed, said his attorney, Richard Edinger. Hanson received a one year suspended sentence for the criminal mischief charge and was ordered to pay restitution.

A restitution hearing will be held next month for Hanson and Green, who pleaded guilty in February in the case. She received a two years of supervised probation.

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