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Dave Olson and Becky Parker, Forum Communications, Published November 16 2012

VIDEO: Fire heavily damages home in south Fargo

FARGO – A family of four is hoping to rebuild their new home after a fire heavily damaged it Friday morning at 4264 Russet Ave. S.

No one was home at the time of the fire, and fire-fighters could find no pets, said Matt Nelson, a spokesman for the Fargo Fire Department.

The fire caused extensive damage to both the inside and outside of the home, Nelson said, including the roof, which was left with a gaping hole on the backside of the house.

Quang Son and Lan Vo say it was their dream home. The couple had just moved into the house with their two teenagers in May.

As fire crews battled flames at his home, Quang Son was working in the mailroom at The Forum.

“I can’t even, almost can’t even drive home, but I try to get here as fast as I can. It’s just, something you just don’t want to expect in your life – to get a fire like this. I don’t know what to say. It’s just terrible,” Son said.

The house had a type of vinyl or plastic siding that may have caused the fire to spread quickly on the exterior of the home and into the attic, Nelson said.

The fire was reported by a neighbor about 8:30 a.m., fire officials said.

John Bagu, who was home at the time, said he called 911 when his wife saw the flames.

“That’s kind of devastating to hear that, that they’ve worked all their life to get to this house,” Bagu said. “They were so happy to be here.”

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Nelson said it is believed to have started in the basement and was electrical in nature because it started near a 62-inch projection TV with several other appliances attached to it.

Becky Parker is a reporter for WDAY.

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