Fire

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…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested Trying to Save Beer During House Fire

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and burns and two others were treated at the scene

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls man was arrested after trying to save his beer from a fire. Michael Casteel, 56, is charged with two counts of obstruction and for violating the 24/7 program. Officials say a¬†fire broke out in a multi-family structure Sunday afternoon. They say Casteel¬†used “poor judgement” by trying to run back into the house…

Fire Destroys House in Miltona

House in Miltona, Minnesota goes up in flames, killing two dogs

A house in Douglas County is a total loss after a fire breaks out. The homeowner called the sheriff’s office shortly after noon saying his home in Miltona was on fire. The Miltona and Parkers Prairie Fire Departments worked to put the fire out. The homeowner says he was using a wood stove. Everyone in the house at the time…

Spearfish Fire Investigators: Exact Cause of Fatal Fire Unknown

Investigators say the exact cause can't be determined

  SPEARFISH, S.D. — It’s been 20 days since five children died in a house fire in Spearfish and investigators said they may never know how the blaze started. Fire officials said the fire started in a corner of the house’s porch where a metal trash can was being used to collect ash and hot coals from a fireplace, however…

Update: West Fargo Controlled Burn a Success

A controlled fire took place in West Fargo to make room for future development

  WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is out with the old and in with the new. A controlled burn of abandoned structures and trees took place at about 6 a.m. The area located south of I-94 near the River’s Bend development was burned to clear the area for future development. The burn lasted between four to five hours and…

Firefighter Has Minor Injuries After Fire at J.R. Simplot Plant in Grand Forks

The cause of the fire is under investigation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A fire and explosion in a piece of equipment at J.R. Simplot in Grand Forks slightly injured a firefighter this morning. “Crews were able to extinguish it rather quickly,” said Captain Darren Schimke. “In the process of that there was a minor explosion. No injuries were caused from that explosion. Some of the fire did spread…

Authorities Identify Moorhead Man who Died in Duplex Fire

His adult daughter was home at the time and was treated and released

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Authorities have finally released the name of a man killed in a duplex fire last Friday in Moorhead. Phillip Skatvold, 68, died in the fire at 2422 Country Club Parkway. His adult daughter was home at the time and was treated and released. A third person in the house at the time of the fire is…