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Forum staff reports , Published August 24 2013

Morning blaze damages Moorhead mobile home

MOORHEAD – Crews responded to a vacant mobile home fire here early Saturday morning.

The mobile home at 123 Mayfair Drive was not occupied at the time and has been vacant for about a month, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rich Eggert.

The fire department got the call around 7 a.m. and quickly extinguished the fire, but the home was gutted.

The heat from the fire also damaged two adjacent mobile homes and melted parts of a streetlight and neighboring cars. Residents in one of the neighboring homes were evacuated, but the other was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Though the home had been vacant for about a month, the power, gas and water lines were still live, Eggert said.

Though they had not been able to locate a serial number yet, Eggert said it appeared to be a later-model mobile home from the 1970s or ’80s.

The cause of the fire is still not known. The fire marshal was investigating possible causes Saturday morning.

At about 7:19 a.m., while firefighters were battling the mobile home blaze, the Moorhead Fire Department received a report of an apartment fire at 1901 20th St. S.

According to a Fire Department report:

Fire alarms alerted tenants in the building and a relative tried to check on the welfare of one tenant on the third floor.

Upon opening the apartment door, the relative discovered a fire in the apartment and knocked it down using an extinguisher.

When firefighters arrived they found the apartment completely filled with smoke and crews had to ventilate the smoke before putting out the remaining fire.

There was no one in the apartment at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The apartment suffered light fire and moderate smoke damage.