Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.
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Several residents were displaced from their homes Wednesday night after a five-unit townhome here went up in smoke. A fire was reported about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday when Tim Flynn, a resident of one of the units, noticed smoke coming from a neighboring unit and called 911. The adjoining, townhome-style residences are located at 515, 517, 519, 521 and 523 4th Ave. N.W. Crews arrived and found heavy white smoke billowing from one of the units’ chimney and into the street. Smoke continued to pour into the streets like fog until around 6 p.m.