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Dave Roepke, Published September 16 2011

Fire at 13-unit garage causes $100,000 in damage

FARGO – A fire Thursday night caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to a 13-unit garage building next to a partially built apartment complex in south Fargo for low-income seniors.

The fire started about 8 p.m. and flames extended through the garages’ roofs by the time firefighters arrived on scene, said Gary Lorenz, an acting assistant Fargo fire chief.

Lorenz said it took less than 10 minutes to put out the fire, which extensively damaged four units and moderately damaged the other nine. The garages are for an apartment complex being built about 30 feet to the south at 1670 E. Gateway Circle S., he said.

The apartment building, which is only partially full and still under construction, was not evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Lorenz said the garages had no vehicles in them and held building materials being used to finish the apartment complex. The value of the building materials wasn’t known, but the contractor told Lorenz the loss will be “pretty significant.”

Comstock Construction is the general contractor. The apartment complex is owned by Beyond Shelter Inc., a Fargo-based developer of affordable housing.

Lorenz said the cause of the fire is under investigation.