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Published October 12, 2010, 09:28 AM

150 people displaced from apartments by Fargo fire

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a Fargo apartment building who were displaced by a fire say they were able to calmly get out despite how fast the blaze spread.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a Fargo apartment building who were displaced by a fire say they were able to calmly get out despite how fast the blaze spread.

"After 10 minutes, it was crazy," said Jesse Ostlund, who was watching a movie when his smoke detector went off.

About 150 residents in the 62-unit building were left homeless after Monday night's fire. No one was hurt, though some residents had to be rescued with ladders.

Fargo Fire Marshal Norman Scott told The Forum newspaper that he thinks the fire started in the first floor of the three-story building. It then spread upward and throughout the top floor.

Fire Department spokeswoman Jesse Schmidt said it was classified as a five-alarm fire — meaning all 115 members of the Fargo Fire Department were called out, as were members of the West Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., fire departments, as well as the North Dakota Air National Guard.

"It's really devastating," property manager Doug Pfau said. "I'm happy that nobody was injured."

Two firefighters had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a third-floor apartment when the roof caved in and the ceiling collapsed, Scott said. Firefighters also rescued numerous pets.

Runa Olson was reduced to tears when she was reunited with her dog about three hours after the fire broke out.

"I pretty much thought he was dead," she said.

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