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Kristen Daum, Published December 18 2009

Dog killed in south Fargo house fire

A German shepherd dog was killed in a fire Thursday morning at a single-family rental house in south Fargo.

Two other dogs, believed to have gone missing in the blaze, are safe and were at a friend’s house when the fire broke out, said Brenda Majerus, whose brother lives at the home at 1510 7th Ave. S.

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:32 a.m., after receiving a call about “shooting flames” visible in the house. Crews had the fire extinguished before 10 a.m.

The cause of the blaze remained undetermined Thursday after an investigation.

The fire blew out three front windows and caused extensive damage to the living room, which is where the fire started, Fargo Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh said.

Majerus’ brother was the only tenant of the house and was not there when the fire started.

The man, identified in a fire department incident report as Mike Erickson, will likely be displaced for some time, due to the extent of the damage, Schuh said.

Damage is estimated at $40,000, the report indicates.

“He’s very, very shook-up,” Majerus said of her brother.

American Red Cross officials said they are assisting the man with basic needs and he is staying with family members following the incident, according to a statement.

The Fargo Fire Department responded to the call, with assistance from the Moorhead Fire Department, F-M Ambulance and The Salvation Army.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541