Fire damages Fargo home improvement store

FARGO — Firefighters rushed to a home improvement store in Fargo on Halloween morning.

Officer Danica Rozich of the Fargo Police Department noticed smoke near the area of 40th St. S. and 4th Ave. S. just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Officer Rozich then saw smoke coming from a vent on the roof of Rusco Window and Cabinetry and called the Red River Regional Dispatch Center.

Firefighters arrived and designated the blaze as a two-alarm fire. Five fire engines, one ladder truck and two command vehicles responded, a news release from the Fargo Fire Department stated.

Steady 20-mile-per-hour winds made it difficult to fight the fire and clear the smoke from the building. Firefighters entered the building in what the news release described as “near-zero visibility,” however, responders were able to locate and extinguish the blaze.

While no one was hurt by the flames, the building and its contents suffered “significant damage,” the release continued.

The Fargo Fire Department told InForum that had Officer Rozich not noticed the smoke sooner, the damage would have been much worse.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. At time of publication, a damage estimate was not available.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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