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Published October 11, 2010, 09:13 AM

Nearly 150 residents displaced by a massive apartment fire

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An apartment fire in southwest Fargo continues to burn tonight, more than 4 hours after it started. It's at the Galleria on 42nd apartments. They're located on 37th Avenue and 42nd Street South, Just north of Swanson Health Products. Residents were seen being rescued with ladders from the building and 2 firefighters had to be rescued when a third floor roof collapsed.

Authorities got the call around 5:45 tonight and the fire quickly spread, turning into a 4 alarm fire. Fargo's fire marshal says the fire started on the first floor, possibly because of a grill. It moved up, igniting propane tanks. The entire roof of the building is gone. Authorities say it was tough to get water up to the attic.

"We had a collapse while firefighters were on the third floor. We had two firefighters trapped up there so we had to quit our efforts on putting out the fire temporarily so we could rescue the firemen who were trapped on the third floor."

Authorities believe everyone did get out of the complex. So far, no serious injuries reported. One of those standing, helplessly watching was the apartment's property manager who spotted the fire and called 9-1-1.

There are still people outside just across the street, watching, still in shock. One of those is Dana Philipenko and her three kids and husband. They live just feet from where the fire started, and were the first to alert authorities, just minutes before their propane tank burst.

Crews have been pumping about 15-hundred gallons a minute out of some of these trucks. As you can see, crews will be working tirelessly for quite some time.