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Forum staff reports, Published February 01 2013

Sprinklers douse fire at Fargo business

FARGO – A sprinkler system extinguished a fire early Friday before it could cause significant damage to a Fargo business that makes building materials.

Firefighters responded at 12:04 a.m. to the Lavelle Co. at 3101 4th Ave. S. for a report of a commercial fire alarm and sprinkler flow switch activation.

When crews arrived, they found that the sprinkler system had extinguished a fire in a room used for staining and spray-finishing wood products, Assistant Fire Chief Gary Lorenz stated in a news release.

The fire involved a work bench with tools and staining supplies on it.

The fire caused no structural damage to the building, and there was only minor smoke and water damage estimated at $1,000. No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but one possible cause is spontaneous combustion of oily rags that were discarded in a metal container next to the portable work station, Lorenz stated.