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Emily Welker, Published August 23 2013

Fire causes evacuation at MSUM

MOORHEAD – A fire that started in some construction materials piled near Snarr Hall at Minnesota State University of Moorhead caused about $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damages and an evacuation of students here early Friday, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to the call on the northwest side of Snarr Hall on 14th Street south here at about 2:57 Friday morning, said firefighter Trent Amundsen.

The fire began in some pallets stacked with Styrofoam that was meant for the construction of the new roof on Snarr Hall, Amundsen said.

The pallets were about 40 feet from the building, which was never threatened by the fire, according to Amundsen. MSUM officials made the decision to evacuate the students from a nearby building.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down and the scene cleared at about 4:15. They don’t yet know what caused the blaze, Amundsen said. It remains under investigation.