2 escape fire unharmed, house damage limited thanks to good Samaritans
FARGO — Fire crews responded to a blaze in north Fargo that destroyed a garage and damaged the attached house early Thursday, March 14.
At about 1:45 a.m., firefighters received a report of a fire at 2206 10th St. N. Crews arrived within about three minutes of the call.
The fire department said a cab driver saw flames coming out of the garage and alerted two sleeping people in the house. Both were able to escape without injuries before firefighters arrived.
Another man, Kenny Asplin, also noticed the fire and took action. Asplin told WDAY he dug out a hydrant buried across the street in several feet of snow. He also helped hook the lines to the engine on scene, which firefighters said was low on water.
"Because the neighbor dug out the hydrant, it was connected to the engine just as the crew fighting the fire was running out of water. Had the crews needed to dig the hydrant out themselves, they would have run out of water, which would have likely allowed the fire to cause more damage," the fire department said in a news release.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It appears to have started in the garage and spread to the attic of the house, firefighters said. The garage was severely damaged, and the house suffered smoke damage, leaving it uninhabitable.
Firefighters found several cats in the house and returned them to their owner, the fire department said. The American Red Cross is helping arrange temporary housing for the occupants.