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UPDATED: Fire damages NDSU storage building where seed experiments were taking placeFARGO - A midday fire damaged a metal storage building that was being used for experiments on the west side of the North Dakota State University campus.By: Forum staff reports, INFORUMFARGO - A midday fire damaged a metal storage building that was being used for experiments on the west side of the North Dakota State University campus.The building is near the intersection of 15th Avenue North and 18th Street, just west of NDSU's Animal Nutrition and Physiology Center.The fire was reported about 11:35 a.m., and white smoke was still billowing out of the building at around noon but the fire was under control, NDSU spokeswoman Najla Amundson said.Terry Skunberg, the center's unit manager, said the storage was used by the entymology lab to store grain drying equipment and a tractor or two.Amundson said some experiments on seeds also were being conducted in the building. The seeds were being warmed with heat lamps, but it wasn't known if that's what caused the fire, she said.Firefighters ventilated the building, and there was nothing inside that could pose a threat to the public, Amundson said. The extent of damage to the building wasn't yet known, she said.Skunberg said he and others at the center were about to clean a barn when they noticed smoking coming from the storage building and reported it.
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