Water damage forces Fargo High Rise evacuations after 15th floor fireFARGO – Some residents of the Fargo High Rise were forced to evacuate Tuesday night after a fire in a 15th floor unit set off the building’s sprinkler system, causing significant water damage throughout the complex.
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FARGO – Some residents of the Fargo High Rise were forced to evacuate Tuesday night after a fire in a 15th floor unit set off the building’s sprinkler system, causing significant water damage throughout the complex.
Crews were called about 9:30 p.m. to the apartment fire at 101 2nd St. S.
Assistant Fire Chief Gary Lorenz said the fire was contained to the apartment, but it activated the building’s sprinkler system.
“We’ve got water running down 15 floors,” Lorenz said Tuesday night.
As of 10:30 p.m., the fire – which appeared to have started in a bed – was extinguished, but four fire crews were still on scene to determine the extent of the water damage and which apartments would need to be temporarily evacuated.
“We don’t’ know how many people will be displaced for the night,” Lorenz said.
He said along with fire and police, the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Salvation Army and Red Cross will help coordinate displaced residents.
The 22-story Fargo High Rise with 249 one-bedroom units was built in 1971 and is considered one of Fargo’s tallest residential buildings.
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