The West Fargo Fire and Police Departments were busy over the holiday weekend, with fire crews responding to two motor vehicle accidents, nine emergency medical services calls, two smoke alarm calls along with a vehicle fire and carbon monoxide call that were the result of fireworks between Friday, July 3, and Sunday, July 5.
The West Fargo Police responded to 191 calls for service, 63 firework calls and 3 DUI’s. Out of the 63 firework calls, 50 of those calls were reports of fireworks that were shot off outside the designated time people were allowed to shoot off fireworks within the City of West Fargo.
The number of calls were only slightly higher than last year, however, there were five fires last year attributed to fireworks.
Mattie Hjelseth, a media relations specialist with the city of West Fargo said last year, there was one dumpster fire, one fire in a garbage can and three calls to extinguish fireworks that were still burning. EMS responded to 11 calls, there was one vehicle fire, and one elevator emergency fire crews responded to in 2019.
Police responded to 185 calls in 2019, and 17 reports of fireworks being shot off outside of the allowed fireworks time.
West Fargo allows fireworks to be shot off between 8 p.m. and 11:59 on July 4 and December 31.
Around 3:22 a.m., Sunday, July 5, the West Fargo Fire Department responded to a carbon monoxide call at 2142 14th St. W. in West Fargo. Upon arrival, firefighters found that a resident had stored used fireworks in a plastic wheel barrow in the garage and it had smoldered, causing significant smoke damage in the attached garage.
The resident had extinguished the wheel barrow but was concerned about the carbon dioxide levels produced by the smoke. West Fargo Fire Department crews performed ventilation on the house and garage and checked everyone there for carbon dioxide exposure. No injuries were reported.
Later that morning, at 9:03 a.m., Sunday, July 5, the fire department were called to a vehicle fire at 1010 Larkin Lane where they arrived to a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire but the truck is a total loss. Flames spread to another vehicle, and the back half of that vehicle was burned. Crews suspect the fire was due to fireworks that were stored in the bed of the truck. An estimate of the damage for the second vehicle is not available. No injuries were reported.