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Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« on: October 12, 2010, 03:32:48 pm »
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Fire leaves 150 homeless: Firefighters rescue pets from scene of five-alarm blaze
By: Amy Dalrymple and Kristen M. Daum, INFORUM

No one was hurt, but 150 south Fargo residents are without a home after a massive blaze Monday night destroyed the Galleria On 42nd apartment building.

Fargo Fire Marshal Norman Scott said he believes the fire began shortly before 6 p.m. in the center of the first floor of the three-story building at 3700 42nd St. S.

The blaze escalated upward from the first floor and spread quickly throughout the attic, Scott said.

Some residents were rescued from the building with ladders, but no injuries were reported, he said.

During the blaze, two firefighters got trapped in a third-floor apartment after the roof caved in and the ceiling collapsed, Scott said.

One firefighter was rescued from the outside using a ladder, and the other was rescued from inside the building, he said.

Both were uninjured and returned to battle the fire after a break.

The most severe damage is in the center of the building and the third floor. The first and second floors have water damage at the very least.

At 11 p.m., firefighters were focusing on hot spots and were starting to relieve some of the emergency responders, said Jesse Schmidt, public relations officer for the Fargo Fire Department.

Crews planned to remain on site for several more hours to monitor the fire, Scott said.

“They’ll be checking all night long to make sure they got it out,” he said.

Fire investigators will return this morning to continue their work in the daylight.

The building housed 150 tenants in its 62 units, and residents were allowed to have pets. Crews were working to rescue pets Monday night.

Up to 150 area firefighters responded to what officials classified as a “five-alarm fire,” Schmidt said.

A five-alarm fire means all 115 members of the Fargo Fire Department are called out, as are members of Moorhead and West Fargo fire departments and the North Dakota Air National Guard, Schmidt said.

Salvation Army volunteers provided food, water and assistance to the firefighters, who rotated in and out throughout the night.

Hundreds of spectators gathered at the sight of the billowing black smoke and flames that were visible for miles.

Authorities shut down traffic on 42nd Street between 32nd and 40th avenues for much of the evening.

The Galleria On 42nd was built in 2000, property manager Doug Pfau said.

“It’s really devastating,” Pfau said. “I’m happy that nobody was injured.”

The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter for displaced residents at Calvary United Methodist Church in Fargo. As of 10:45 p.m., residents had found other places to stay, and no one planned to stay overnight, said a Red Cross representative.

Officials hope to set up a donation fund today, but one local resident was already working late Monday to rally the Fargo-Moorhead community.

Carol Cwiak, an assistant professor of emergency management at North Dakota State University, created the Facebook group “Galleria Fire – Help the Residents.”

“Tonight, both my sons were displaced by the Galleria apartment fire along with about 150 other residents. Many of these folks lost everything,” Cwiak wrote on the group’s page at about 10 p.m.

“I just came off the ‘Extreme Makeover’ build where I saw the F-M community pull off a miracle,” she wrote. “If you have anything left to give, this would be the time to give it. These folks need our help.”

Red Cross offering help for Galleria residents

The Red Cross will begin offering services today to Galleria residents. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can get aid with basic necessities and mental health assistance at the Red Cross office at 2602 12th St. N., Fargo. Residents are asked to bring proof of residence, if possible.
Article from: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/294433/



Donations are being accepted at United Way Cass-Clay.  Be sure to check out the Facebook group for more ways to help out.

Check out a video of the fire, note there is some profanity.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmszc36PXww[/youtube]


Good luck to everyone involved.
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Re: Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2010, 01:33:32 am »
1. Holy Crap!
2. This is EXACTLY why you need renters insurance in an apt. You might not be a moron. But someone who lives around you might smoke while they sleep or something!
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Re: Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 10:55:25 am »
Exactly and renter's insurance is also very cheap (mine is about 50 a year).  Also, this is why it is important to backup your digital data off site.
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Re: Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2010, 07:06:47 pm »
1. Holy Crap!
2. This is EXACTLY why you need renters insurance in an apt. You might not be a moron. But someone who lives around you might smoke while they sleep or something!

+1 I've had two friends in apartment fires... both of them were not smart and didn't have renters insurance... even though their place didn't burn all their stuff was smoke damaged beyond use. so they had to buy all new clothes and such anyway.

I'm 25 and I have renters insurance for up to 50k worth of stuff with an extra policy for my computers/technology things. all said and done it runs me around 120 a year... thats 10 bucks a month.

Go do it. you don't realize how much money you have in clothes and shit until you add it up.

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Re: Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2010, 08:13:59 pm »
Where u guys got it through. I have mine through all state (or state farm) and I'm not too happy with it. (mainly the person who's in charge of my policy)

I'm up for renewal here but I'll be moving back to NY in December. I'm nervous about not having it for 2 months, but dunno if I'll be able to get a policy that covers me here and in NY.
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Re: Huge Fargo Fire Displaces 150
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2010, 09:49:09 pm »
I've been offered it through Wells Fargo (the bank I use out here) but from what I just looked at it seems more expensive than you guys have.  Liberty Mutual won't give me a quote online :(

I'll definitely be looking into it now.
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