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Forum staff reports, Published January 20 2014

Frozen hydrant hampers firefighters responding to north Fargo blaze

FARGO – A frozen fire hydrant caused problems for fire crews responding to a mobile home fire here Monday night that was started by children playing with matches.

Assistant Chief LeRoy Skarloken said in a news release that when crews responded to the fire at 1217 Monte Carlo Drive N. about 5 p.m., they found heavy smoke and flames shooting out of a window.

When the first responders tried to extinguish the blaze, they were hampered by the subzero temperatures and high winds that froze the hydrant nearest to the fire.

Skarloken said the truck had enough water to keep crews supplied until they could connect to a hydrant farther down the street.

The homeowner tried to put out flames on mattresses and blankets in a bedroom, but failed and got everyone out.

The family that lived at the address was found uninjured at a neighbor’s home.

The American Red Cross is helping the family find temporary shelter.