Fire rips through building on Fargo's historic 8th streetFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo family is counting its blessing this evening. They were suddenly awakened as flames were firing out of their garage. Fire crews had little chance to save anything inside as the building was engulfed in flames, but they did keep it from reaching the house.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo family is counting its blessing this evening. They were suddenly awakened as flames were firing out of their garage. Fire crews had little chance to save anything inside as the building was engulfed in flames, but they did keep it from reaching the house.
We got on scene at the same time as Fargo Fire around 1 Thursday morning, and found flames shooting from windows. Scott Dahms woke to someone banging on his door. He scrambled and got his wife and 2 children out of their home.
Reporter: “Do you know who knocked?
Scott Dahms: “I don’t, but thanks. Whoever did it, thanks. Someone was on it."
The 2 story building is the Dahms garage and upstairs storage. A deck connects it to the home. The fire was a block south of the WDAY Tower in Fargo at 5th Avenue and historic 8th Street south.
Scott Dahms: “It hasn't really hit me yet, but the adrenaline is pumping pretty good. The good thing is everyone is out safe."
Unfortunately, it did begin to sink in as he watched the structure go up in flames. Dahms says he has a lot of valuable inside: snowblowers, expensive tools and then all sorts of collectables and seasonal items upstairs.
Scott Dahms: “I've been collecting clear redwood, which you can't really get anymore. That was all up in there."
The fire got such a heated head start that it forced firefighters to stay out of the building for fear of it collapsing.
Assistant Chief Leroy Skarloken: "We pulled our lines and started fighting fire. We couldn't make entry into the building because of the amount of fire, and now we're worried about structural stability so we're not having any firefighters enter the building."
The smoke was so thick the Dahms had friends from 15 blocks downwind calling, checking to see if they knew what was going on. Unfortunately they did know, and spent the day picking up the pieces.
The cause of the fire is unknown this morning.