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Forum staff reports, Published August 23 2013

Fire causes evacuation, more than $15,000 in damages at MSUM

MOORHEAD – A fire that started in some construction materials piled near Snarr Hall at Minnesota State University 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 about 2:57 a.m., said firefighter Trent Amundsen.

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

The pallets were about 40 feet from the building, which wasn’t threatened by the fire, Amundsen said.

MSUM officials made the decision to evacuate the students from a nearby building, he said.

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