Fargo firefighters responded to a report of basement fire at 4280 Estate Drive South at 4:03 p.m. Friday. The caller reported that there were smoke and flames in the basement of the house. The first unit arrived in about five minutes and reported smoke coming from the garage of a row house with three connected homes. Crews had difficulties gaining access to the neighborhood because of narrow private roads and illegal parking. Once on scene, crews had to maneuver through excessive storage in the basement to find the fire. The fire was knocked down within fifteen minutes of the first engine’s arrival.
Initial reports from the homeowner indicated that all of the occupants and pets were out of the house. As one crew attacked the fire, other crews checked the first and second floors and the neighboring home for fire extension. The fire did not extend to other areas of the house or to the neighboring attached home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The cost of the damage is estimated to be about $5,000.
The Fargo Fire Department responded with 17 personnel on four engines, one truck, and two command vehicles. One engine was released before being assigned tasks to provide better coverage for the rest of the city.