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Published April 06, 2013, 05:40 PM

One man is dead and a woman is hospitalized after a Fargo apartment fire

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One man is dead and a woman hospitalized after a Fargo apartment unit caught fire this morning. Residents of the building at Page drive are displaced as investigators search for a cause to this tragedy.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One man is dead and a woman hospitalized after a Fargo apartment unit caught fire this morning. Residents of the building at Page drive are displaced as investigators search for a cause to this tragedy.

In the ten years Jeanne Murphy has lived in this apartment, she says she has never seen anything like this.

Murphy: "Very scary."

Murphy lives right across the hall from this second floor apartment - which caught fire early this morning.

30-year-old Jesse Madson died at the scene, while 42-year-old Angela Wentz was transported to a Minnesota burn unit. Her condition was unknown.

Murphy: "I went into the hallway and it was just a wall of smoke, I couldn't see anything.""

Jerome Jangula, a neighbor on the first floor, says he and another man tried to help.

After banging on their neighbors doors to make sure they made it out safely, they tried to enter the burning apartment.

Jerome: "Nate tried to go in, I knew they had to be in there because I heard them walking earlier."

But the thick black smoke was too much for them to attempt a rescue.

All other residents of the building escaped unharmed. But one family jumped from their second floor balcony. Firefighters rescued others from third floor balconies.

Residents were briefly allowed back in the building, but are displaced until further notice.

Jangula says his heart goes out to those who lost a loved one.

Jerome: "I just feel for the families that have to deal with what happened here today."

The Red Cross is helping residents find living arrangements until they are cleared to go home. Firefighters say the steel siding on the building helped prevent the fire from spreading to the third floor.

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