Fire

West Fargo Fire Department Adding Full-Time Firefighters

The department plans to have ten more full-time employees on staff by the end of the year

WEST FARGO, ND — Big changes are proposed with the West Fargo Fire Department with the likely addition of full–time firefighters. The decision made by West Fargo city leaders to add full time fire fighters is to improve public safety. “It was partly response time,” said West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern.  “Sometimes it was a little longer than it really…

West Fargo Fire Hydrants Are Getting Spring Cleaning

The City of West Fargo is cleaning out fire hydrants around town to freshen them with clean water

WEST FARGO, ND — Fire hydrants are flowing with water throughout West Fargo, but for good reason. The City of West Fargo Public Works Department began flushing fire hydrants on south of the interstate and will end on the north side. The purpose is to clean out the city’s main filtration system and ensure the water is fresh. The process…

Devastating Fire of Andy Lake Woodworks of Glyndon: Rise Above the Ashes

It was more than a shed that burned down in Saturdays fire

GYLNDON, Minn. — Andy Lake Woodworks in Glyndon is cleaning up after a fire destroyed three log sheds and a shop over the weekend. It’s not just buildings that were burned. Countless hours of an artist’s work are now gone. You’ve probably driven by Andy Lake Woodworks on Highway 10 in Minnesota. “Sales were picking up,” said Scott Petry, a chainsaw…

Four People Escape Unharmed at Fire in Moorhead

The garage is facing extensive damage from the fire

MOORHEAD, Minn.–Crews respond to a fire in Moorhead just after 6:30 p.m. They found heavy smoke inside a garage at 1621 5th Street South. It took under 20 minutes to put the fire out. Four people were home at the time and were able to get out. A crew from Fargo was originally requested but was cleared to leave after…

Drivers of Semis Dead after Head-On Crash Near New Town

Authorities say one semi was loaded with frack sand and the other with crude oil and both were completely burned

MOUNTRAIL COUNTY, ND — The drivers of two semis have died in a crash in northwestern North Dakota. The state Highway Patrol said the fully-loaded semis collided head-on in Mountrail County early Saturday and caught fire. The collision happened on the Highway 23 bypass near New Town. Authorities say one semi was loaded with frack sand and the other with…

Chemicals Likely Caused Glyndon Business Fire

Wood-finishing chemicals likely caused fire at Andy Lake Woodworks

Authorities say wood-finishing chemicals likely caused a weekend fire that destroyed a wood carving business in western Minnesota. The fire at Andy Lake Woodworks in Glyndon was reported early Saturday afternoon. Three log sheds and a shop building were destroyed. No one was hurt, but a firefighter was treated at the scene after becoming overheated. Authorities say the fire apparently…

Recall Petitions for Fargo City Commissioner to be Turned In

Backers need 3,500 valid signatures to declare a special election.

  FARGO, ND — Petitions to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn will be turned in next week after all. Andrew Lenzmeier, who heads up the recall effort, says a call for an immediate end to the process came “out of left field” last week. The Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Advisory Council called for an end to the effort citing threats and…

Fire Destroys Family’s House In Douglas County, Minnesota

Started In Garage and Quickly Spread

Fire has destroyed a family’s house in rural Douglas County. Crews from Millerville, Leaf Valley and Brandon responded to the fire at the Michael and Raelene Bakken residence at 10751 White Oak Road Northwest. The fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the house, which was a total loss. Everyone was able to make it out without getting…

Garfield, Minnesota Home Damaged in Fire

The garage and vehicle inside were both lost

GARFIELD, Minn. — Fire spreads from a garage into a house, causing extensive damage. It happened at 9170 Blue Jay Way Northwest in Garfield, Minnesota, west of Alexandria. Authorities say the fire consumed the upper floor of the house and caused extensive damage to the main and lower floors. The garage and vehicle inside were both lost. The fire is…

Ada Man Accused of Setting His House on Fire

Neighbors saw Grindahl leaving the home shortly before the fire was reported

  ADA, Minn. — An Ada man has been charged with setting fire to his house north of Ada. Ryan Grindahl, 31, is accused of setting the fire on March 31 after allowing fuel oil to leak from the tank in the basement. Neighbors saw Grindahl leaving the home shortly before the fire was reported. A deputy fire marshal concluded…