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Published April 17, 2013, 10:00 PM

Firefighters contain West Fargo fire after three hours

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Five families are displaced this evening after a blaze spreads through a duplex in West Fargo.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Five families are displaced this evening after a blaze spreads through a duplex in West Fargo.

Firefighters were on scene for more than three hours.

While no one was injured in the fire, some cats and dogs did need to be revived by firefighters after being overcome by smoke. We're told at least two of the pets were taken to an area veterinarian. Their current conditions are not known.

The blaze broke out just before 3:30 this afternoon in a five-unit, two-story building. Fire crews say when they arrived on scene there were flames sprouting from the back of one of the units. They thought there may have been people inside, so they searched the units twice to make sure everyone was accounted for.

The West Fargo Fire Chief says three of the units are severely damaged and will have to be gutted. The other two sustained smoke damage.

The fire was hard to battle because crews say they weren't sure if there was a basement. The floor was soft, due to fire beneath it, and they feared someone would fall through.

Chief Roy Schatschneider, West Fargo Fire Department: “We had a real hard time trying to get access to it and then it eventually got in between the walls, in the sheet rock, ceiling, floor so it spread on us pretty good.”

At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Salvation Army was one scene earlier today, assisting the displaced families.

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