A series of fires in Fargo triggers 2 criminal investigations – InForum

FARGO — Investigators have their hands full after firefighters responded to 11 fires in Fargo last week, and at least two of the cases are being investigated as possible crimes.

“The week had a bit of everything,” Fargo Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson said.

Fire investigators and the Fargo Police Department are investigating a series of dumpster fires that occurred early Thursday, Sept. 15 in downtown, with flames from one of the fires spreading to a nearby structure .

Fire crews responded to a dumpster fire near North 12th Street and North First Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Twenty minutes later, another dumpster fire was reported at 828 NP Ave. , the address of Fabricators Unlimited. This fire spread to an adjacent warehouse off NP Avenue.

About eight minutes after the second fire, firefighters responded to a third dumpster fire at 16 Eighth St. S., the address of Moler Barber College.

“These dumpster fires seem to be interrelated, so this is related to the police department. All happened within half an hour of each other,” Erickson said, adding that charges could be laid pending the results of the investigation.

The Fargo Police Department has confirmed it is on the dumpster fire case and is also working with the Fargo Fire Department to investigate another fire at 833 Countryside Trailer Court.

The fire started inside a mobile home around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze to prevent it from spreading to other homes, said Erickson. No one was hurt.

The police department could not release any details about that investigation, said Katie Ettish, a department spokeswoman.

The case of a fire that severely damaged two garages at Bella Vista Apartments, 825 42nd. St. S. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, was closed, Erickson said. The cause of the fire which left other garages damaged by smoke has not been determined.

No one was injured in the blaze, and Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Jason Ness estimated total damage at at least $80,000.

Other fires in the area were minor, including a grass fire and a fire involving bushes near the Red River, Erickson said.

Mark M. Gagnon