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Friday, June 24, 2016

Firefighters respond to gas main hit in Fargo

Emergency crews are checking businesses in the area of 13th Avenue and 45th Street South in Fargo after a gas main was hit Friday morning. The call about the gas leak came in around 10:15 a.m. Traffic in the already congested stretch of road is being re-routed. Police and fire crews are also not allowing pedestrians through the area until they can get the gas to stop leaking. Fire fighters are checking nearby businesses, including Olive Garden, Pier 1 Imports, Planet Fitness and others in a nearby strip mall. Because of the way the wind is blowing, some businesses are being evacuated, others are being told to shelter in place, depending on where they are located. Major reconstruction is happening on 13th Avenue South from the interstate to 45th Street.
KVLY-TV Fargo - Valley News Live

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Follow Up: Massive elevator fire caused millions in damage in Sheyenne

The damage to a grain elevator could come to millions of dollars after it started on fire late Tuesday. About 50 firefighters from Sheyenne, Carrington and New Rockford responded at 8:30 p.m. to the Equity Co-op Elevator. No one was at the co-op at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters fought the fire into Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation. On Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation temporarily closed N.D. Highway 281 from state Highways 57 and 15 because of the fire, though it appeared the DOT reopened the highway later. Claims adjusters are expected to evaluate the damage Thursday, but the elevator is almost a complete loss and the fire likely caused $4 million to $5 million in damage, general manager John Rick said. "It was definitely a big shock the community," he said, adding the 60-year-old elevator served about 120 farmers in the region. "It was the biggest business in town. Farmers don't have a place to drink coffee in the morning." The co-op board will meet to discuss what the next step is, but the community is supportive of the agriculture industry in the region, Rick said. "We have a pretty strong community, so I'd say it's pretty darn positive we are going to rebuild," he said. Sheyenne, which is home to about 200 people, is approximately 30 miles southwest of Devils Lake.
Grand Forks Herald

South Fargo apartment deck fire started by smoking materials

Fargo firefighters responded to a deck fire on the third floor of an apartment building. Officials say they responded to a deck fire at 3061 32nd Street South around 7:57 p.m. Embers and burning materials were dropping down and landing on the second floor balcony, starting a small fire. Crews were able to extinguish most of the fire from the ground. They then entered an unoccupied apartment and fully extinguish the fire. Smoldering materials on the second floor balcony were extinguished as well. There were no signs of injury to firefighters or bystanders. The fire was started by improperly discarded smoking materials in potting soil. Damage is estimated at under $1,000. Officials say the tenant thought she put out the cigarette in a planter. Unfortunately, the planter she used contained materials other than dirt that can cause the fire to spread.

Tornadoes, hail and wind cause damage across state

A strong series of storms moved from western to south-central North Dakota Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, bringing heavy rain, hail, strong winds and tornadoes that damaged homes and vehicles and knocked out power in many communities. Hettinger County was one of the harder hit areas, with a suspected tornado destroying a home in Mott and a flash flood closing roads in the Regent area. McKenzie and Logan counties also saw significant damage, and hail and wind caused problems throughout the state. Reports of hail were common throughout the storm’s path. The largest hailstones — 3 inches — were reported near Hettinger in Adams County. The town of Regent in Hettinger County experienced flash flooding after 3 inches of rain fell Tuesday night, National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Simosko said. A storm report on the NWS website said water was running 3 feet deep in some streets, and ditches were overflowing along the Enchanted Highway north of Regent. Roads were closed and traffic diverted, but there were no injuries or fatalities. The water receded by 10 p.m. Mountain time. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe said the situation in her county could have been much worse. While setting emergency alert signals for a tornado warning, she noticed cars parked by the water and people in the streets watching the storm roll in. “It was a dangerous situation last night,” she said. It had been two years since the county’s last tornado, and Jappe knew it was not a good idea to be out in this storm.
Bismarck Tribune

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