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Woman, dog rescued in north Fargo house fire

FARGO — Firefighters responded to an early morning house in north Fargo on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson said in a statement that two adults and a child were outside the home, 721 29th St. N, when crews arrived at 8 a.m. to an unknown call. Crews immediately requested additional fire units when the house fire was discovered.

A woman unable to escape was still in the basement and crews were able to get her out of the burning home through an egress window. Firefighters then rescued an unresponsive dog they were able to revive outside.

The woman was taken to Sanford Hospital and the dog went to Fargo Police Animal Control Personnel, Anderson said. No firefighters reported injuries, but a Fargo police officer was treated and released for smoke inhalation while he was assisting fire crews outside.

Damage to the home is estimated to be $120,000, Anderson said. The cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation is ongoing. However, Anderson said the fire originated in an occupied room in the basement and a mattress was involved.

The fire chief added this is a good example of having egress windows in your basement and urged residents to call 911 at the first sign of a fire.

Anderson said 16 Fargo Fire Department personnel on four engines responded to the fire as well as one truck, a command vehicle and one fire investigator.

Assisting on scene were the Fargo Police Department, FM Ambulance, Salvation Army and Red Cross.