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Wendy Reuer, Published December 28 2012

Woman transported to hospital after mattress fire in north Fargo

FARGO – One woman was taken to the hospital after a bedroom fire here Friday morning.

Crews were called to an apartment at 801 6th Ave. N. shortly after 11 a.m., according to a media release from the Fargo Fire Department.

The fire appeared to have started on the woman’s mattress in a garden-level apartment, Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh said. The woman was able to get outside with assistance from a third-floor resident, he said.

Investigators later discovered that the smoke detector in the bedroom had been disabled, according to the release.

Schuh said at the scene that the elderly woman was not believed to be seriously injured. She was taken by FM Ambulance to the hospital, where she was treated and released.

Residents of the roughly 24-unit building were asked to shelter in place, and were not evacuated, Schuh said.

The fire caused roughly $20,000 in damage, which was confined to one room of the woman’s home. The Red Cross has found temporary housing for the woman, the release said.

The woman’s name has not yet been released, and the cause of the fire was not yet determined.

A fire investigator was on scene Friday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530