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Forum staff reports, Published April 21 2013

Smoke alarm saves Fargo man from twinhome fire

FARGO – A smoke alarm helped a Fargo man escape an early morning fire in the basement of his twinhome, according to the Fargo Fire Department.

Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Dane Carley said firefighters found heavy smoke when they opened the door to 1341 East Rose Creek Parkway in south Fargo at around 12:10 a.m. Sunday. The man who lives there told firefighters smoke detectors alerted him to the fire, which started in the basement bedroom. The man tried to extinguish the fire but could not. Crews had the fire knocked down within about 10 minutes. It hadn’t spread to the adjoining home.

Carley estimates the damage to run about $25,000, with significant smoke damage throughout the home. There were no injuries to people or pets. Carley said the fire department is emphasizing the importance of working snoke detectors, and encourages people to check their smoke detectors twice a year.