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Forum staff report, Published November 17 2012

Fire damages Agronomy Center in Fairmount, ND

FAIRMOUNT, N.D. – A late morning fire here caused extensive damage to the Fairmount Agronomy Center on Saturday.

No one was injured.

Rescue crews responded to the fire around 10:45 a.m. at 107 Front St., Fairmount, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

Authorities believe the fire started in the engine compartment of a pickup that was stored inside the center.

Smoke and flames significantly damaged the inside of the building, the release said.

The pickup was parked in the garage since around 5 p.m. Friday, when the business closed for the weekend, the sheriff’s office said.

Fairmount is a city of about 375 people 15 miles south of Wahpeton.