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Fargo Authorities Say Man Confesses To Starting Numerous Dumpster Fires Downtown

They found Carl Thronson near Fire Station 1 and he was taken into custody

FARGO, N.D. — Police in Fargo say a man has confessed to setting a number of dumpster fires around the downtown area. Officers and the Fargo Fire Department Battalion Chief were on the lookout for a suspect last night. They found Carl Thronson near Fire Station 1 and he was taken into custody. Thronson is being held on a felony…

Fire Damages Restaurant in Battle Lake

Battle Lake Fire Assistant Chief Dan Christianson said the cause of the fire is unknown.

Battle Lake, MN–Stella’s Bistro & Wine Bar in Battle Lake has been temporarily closed due to a fire. The Battle Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at Stella’s Bistro & Wine Bar around 10 a.m. Friday morning. The fire broke out above the hood in the kitchen and started some of the framework on fire, but was otherwise contained…

People In One Unit Displaced After Small Apartment Fire In West Fargo

The rest of the tenants were allowed to return home

WEST FARGO, N.D. — An apartment building in West Fargo was evacuated late Wednesday night after a small fire started in a laundry room wall. Fire crews opened the wall in the unit at 247 9th Avenue West and put out the fire. The people living there couldn’t return and were helped by the Red Cross. The rest of the…

Girl Dies After Van Fire, Man Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter

The van caught fire and spread to an adjacent van where police say two girls were alone up to an hour Tuesday morning as their mother shopped at Walmart in Fridley

FRIDLEY, Minn. — Authorities in Minnesota say a 70-year-old man camping in a Walmart parking lot put a hot cook stove in his van, causing it to catch fire and spread to another van, burning two young sisters and killing one of them. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Roberto Hipolito of Long Beach, California, with second-degree manslaughter and negligent fire. According…

Murder, Arson Suspect Blames Media for “Printing Lies” as Judge Sets Bail

44-year-old Sheldon Davis' next scheduled court appearance is for his preliminary hearing on September 5

FARGO, N.D. — 44-year-old Sheldon Davis is charged in the death of 52-year-old Denise Anderson, his on and off girlfriend. He’s also charged with then setting a North Fargo apartment on fire. Davis is being held on a one-million-dollar bond. According to court documents, Davis previously told a friend he thought about killing Anderson. They also say he went to…

Update: Man Held in Van Fires that Injured 2

A van next to the girls' van caught fire around 7:15 a.m., and the blaze spread to the girls' van.

Update: A 70-year-old man is being held after two vans caught fire in a northern Minneapolis suburb, burning two young sisters. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the man is being held on a negligent fires charge. Authorities say the man owned a van that caught fire about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in a Walmart parking lot in Fridley. That fire…

Active Shooter Drill With Simulated Gunfire Planned Wednesday In Grand Forks

The exercise will simulate a mass casualty event

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Around 150 people will take part in an active shooter drill Wednesday afternoon at Grand Forks Central High School. Grand Forks Emergency Management Office, Police and Fire Departments, Altru EMS and Grand Forks School District will all take part. The exercise will simulate a mass casualty event and is designed to appear as realistic as possible…

Man Arrested on Murder, Arson Charges Speaks Out

He says he was at a friend's house when the fire happened

FARGO, N.D. — 44–year–old Sheldon Davis was arrested on charges of murder and arson the day the body of 52–year–old Denise Anderson was found in an apartment on 12th Street North. Police say there were traumatic injuries on her that weren’t from the fire. “The only thing I can say is I wasn’t there,” Davis said. When asked if he knew…

Neighbors React to North Fargo Murder and Arson Case

One neighbor moved onto the street the day of the fire

FARGO, N.D. — Police identify the woman who was murdered in a North Fargo apartment that was on fire Thursday morning as 52-year-old Denise Anderson. Neighbor Tom Nygren moved onto the street the day of the fire. “I just came off break at work yesterday and first night there and the whole street’s blocked off, had no clue what was…

Woman Killed in North Fargo Apartment Identified

Firefighters knocked the flames down in 20 minutes

UPDATE: Fargo Police have identified the victim of a North Fargo apartment fire as 52-year-old Denise Anderson of Fargo.   UPDATE: A man is arrested after a woman is found dead in a north Fargo apartment. 44-year-old Sheldon Davis is being held on murder and arson charges. “The female had injuries that were not caused by fire or smoke. Traumatic…