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Smoke at Black Building prompts evacuation

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FARGO – A broken motor in the air conditioning system of the Black Building created light smoke on the seventh floor and prompted an evacuation this morning, a Fargo fire official said.

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“No major damage,” Battalion Chief Lee Soeth said. “They’re going to have to replace one ventilation unit.”

Firefighters were sent to the downtown building at 118 Broadway about 9:45 a.m.

About 40 workers left the building when alarms sounded. They were allowed to return before 11 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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