North Dakota News

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Follow Up: Investigation continues into cause of NDSU chemistry lab fire

Fire in a basement chemistry lab at Dunbar Hall at North Dakota State University may have started in a ventilated enclosure called a "fume hood" where harmful volatile chemicals can be used or kept. Mike Borr, NDSU Director of the Police and Safety, says most of the hoods are metal but the one in question was polypropylene and appears to be the source of the fuel for the fire. Borr says Dunbar Hall is still secured so students and staff have not been able to access the building to determine what research was damaged or lost. NDSU's Facilities Management office is working to open up area's not damaged and the Registrar's office is also looking at potential alternate study locations in order to minimize disruption for students during finals this week.
KVOX-FM Froggy 99.9

Monday, December 11, 2017

Grand Forks searches for new fire chief

VIDEO: Grand Forks is searching for a new fire chief for the first time in decades. Chief Peter O'Neill will retire in January after forty-five years with the department, nearly half of them as chief. O'Neill wants to spend more time with family. The mayor will select an interim chief to lead the department. "There will be an internal and external review of the candidates but we're going to wait until after the holidays," said City Administrator Todd Feland. The city administrator says it's the mayor who will have the final say on who gets the job. A decision is expected by April.
WDAZ-TV 8 Grand Forks

Lab fire at North Dakota State University causes significant damage

Firefighters responding to a fire alarm call at North Dakota State University arrived to find a fire in a basement lab that caused significant damage. According to Fargo Fire, firefighters were called to Dunbar Hall on the NDSU campus at 1301 Albrecht Blvd North in Fargo around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for the report of a fire alarm. The first crew arrived on scene to find moderate smoke in the basement hallway. As crews took a hose line into operation, they found a fire in a lab on the basement floor. The fire was knocked down at 5:35 p.m. with a single hose line, a release from the Fargo Fire Department said.
West Fargo Pioneer

West Dunn Fire Department covers volunteer firefighters’ expenses

Being a volunteer firefighter is a big time investment. Bunker gear alone can cost about $10,000, and that is not even factoring in the amount of time and money that is invested in training. "You're looking at . . . spending on a firefighter, over $20,000 with the training and the gear," said James Mousseau, volunteer firefighter, West Dunn Fire District, Recently, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced a bill that will allow volunteer firefighters to qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program allows for student loan forgiveness on federal loans that have a remaining balance after 120 full payments. In North Dakota, 96-percent of firefighters are volunteers, and the number is starting to decrease, according to the North Dakota Firefighters Association.
My ND Now

No criminal charges for Fargo driver who dragged bicyclist in fatal crash

A 71-year-old Fargo man will not face criminal charges for fatally striking a 19-year-old bicyclist, who died in September from injuries suffered when he was dragged for a block under the man's car. Cass County prosecutor Tanya Martinez decided not to charge the driver, Dr. Theodore William Kleiman, after reviewing the police investigation, eyewitness statements and traffic camera footage, according to a declination letter dated Thursday, Dec. 7. The collision occurred about 9:20 p.m. Sept. 19 at the intersection of 17th Avenue and 45th Street South, a "busy commercial district in the City of Fargo," Martinez wrote in the letter.
Grand Forks Herald

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