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Mike Nowatzki, Published May 19 2009

Crews knock down garage fire before it spread into north Fargo home

UPDATED 10:25 a.m.

FARGO - Sam Berg said he’s thankful his next-door neighbor called 911 to report Berg’s Fargo home on fire Tuesday morning.

“I was sleeping,” said Berg, 75.

Firefighters responded at 7:28 a.m. to a report of smoke billowing from the roof of the one-story home at 2855 Longfellow Road N.

After the neighbor called 911, a dispatcher called Berg and told him to get out of the house.

Firefighters arrived to find the fire confined to the attached garage and knocked down the flames within minutes, Assistant Chief Larry Schuh said.

The fire apparently started in the area of a workbench, which took the brunt of the fire damage, Schuh said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Berg said he was working in the garage all day Monday.

Smoke did not get into the living quarters, Schuh said. The garage sustained smoke damage, and a Chevy Trailblazer parked inside received smoke and possibly heat damage.

The neighbor’s 911 call helped save the house from further damage, and the time of day also made the fire more noticeable, Schuh said.

“Had it been at night, it would have gotten a lot worse,” he said.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.