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Upton: Arson cause of Graver Inn blaze

A burning bed sheet started a fire that damaged carpets, baseboard and ceiling paint at The Graver Inn, 123 Roberts St., Monday. The Fargo Fire Department received the call at 3:38 p.m., department officials said. Upon arrival, the property manag...

A burning bed sheet started a fire that damaged carpets, baseboard and ceiling paint at The Graver Inn, 123 Roberts St., Monday.

The Fargo Fire Department received the call at 3:38 p.m., department officials said. Upon arrival, the property manager told firefighters the fire was out back. When they found no fire, an occupant of the building told them there was a fire in the building's third-floor stairwell.

When firemen arrived at the third floor, they saw a bed sheet on fire.

"Someone ignited that bed sheet," said Assistant Chief Joe Upton.

Once firemen found the burning sheet, it took about 30 seconds to put it out, he said.

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"It could have been a lot worse," he said. "A couple more minutes and it would have been going real good."

The Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority plans to close on the Graver Inn building Thursday. The Housing Authority will pay $2,153,000 to acquire the property. The building already was set to undergo about $400,000 in renovations beginning this summer.

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