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Published February 27, 2012, 07:05 PM

North Fargo man faces arson charges following overnight fire

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A North Fargo man faces arson charges accused of starting a fire in a home converted into apartments. Police say the suspect lit a couch on fire. There are no injuries, but five people are displaced.

A north Fargo man faces arson charges accused of starting a fire in a home converted into apartments. Police say the suspect lit a couch on fire. There are no injuries, but five people are displaced.

Police say a north Fargo man, 27 year-old Jesse Miller is to blame for this.

Assistant Chief Leroy Skarloken – Fargo Fire Department: "They saw fire coming out the basement windows when they got there."

Plus smoke poured from the home. This overnight fire at 1217 10th Avenue North caused severe damage to this basement apartment and smoke damage to ones upstairs.

Assistant Chief Leroy Skarloken: "There's not much left of the basement. It will have to be completely renovated."

The Fire Department spent the night gutting this basement apartment. Now it's in the hands of Fargo Police, who are investigating why this fire was, they say, intentionally set.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: "Previous in the evening, there was some sort of altercation between two parties that turned physical."

Lieutenant Joel Vettel says after the altercation Miller, who lives in the home, used a lighter to start a couch on fire.

Lt. Joel Vettel: "Where alcohol, and some sort of physical violence and then ultimately someone making an extremely bad choice."

Now, tenants are forced to find shelter elsewhere, and all that's left is a burned pile of belongings. Exact damage estimates aren't known. Fire Officials estimate well over $10,000.

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