West Fargo Family Grateful to Those Who Have Donated After Overnight Fire Destroys Their Home

A West Fargo Family seeks donations after their home was burned down

WEST FARGO, ND — A West Fargo family of six has lost everything. They were able to escape their home overnight after fire broke out. “When I woke up and saw the flames last night it was terrifying,” said neighbor, Jerod Klabunde. West Fargo Firefighter Perry McClellan happened to be on his way home from another fire at about 1…

Fire Officials: Be Careful with Smoking Materials

They say someone's failure to get rid of their smoking materials caused the fire

  FARGO, ND — A warning from fire officials: be careful to put out smoking materials outdoors. That’s after Fargo firefighters responded to a fire late Sunday that damaged an apartment deck. They were called to this scene around 11:30 Sunday night for a deck on fire in the 1500 block of East Gateway Circle. They say someone’s failure to…

Fargo Fire Department Secures New Drone

About six crew members are being trained in on how to use it

FARGO, ND — Area firefighters will soon be able to get a bird’s eye view of the flames. The Fargo Fire Department got a new drone. It will let them get thermal images of large fires and look for hazardous materials before sending in a crew. About six crew members are being trained in on how to use it. Fire…

West Fargo Home Destroyed by Fire

Everyone was able to get out of the house safely but at one point, communication was lost with firefighters inside

WEST FARGO, ND — There was a momentary scare for firefighters who were fighting a fire which gutted a house in West Fargo. Crews were called to 940 44th Avenue West shortly before noon. They saw smoke and flames shooting through the roof as they arrived. A neighbor was able to break-in a back door to rescue dogs and cats….

One Person Sent to Hospital After Carbon Monoxide Leak at Local Hotel

Firefighters who responded determined that the hotel did not need to be evacuated

  FARGO, ND — An apparent carbon monoxide scare this morning at a Fargo hotel. Several people at La Quinta Inn and Suites reported being sick and at least one person was taken to the hospital. Firefighters who responded determined that the hotel did not need to be evacuated. Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas. The source of the…

Red River Valley Community Smashes Donation Goal for Teddy Bear Posse

Thousands of Bears Donated From Across the Region

RED RIVER VALLEY — The feeling of joy and warmth is coming to thousands of local kids thanks to the Teddy Bear Posse. This cuddly campaign’s mission is for first responders to ease distressed small children by giving them a friend during traumatic situations. The goal of the campaign was to bring in 1,000 bears, but community partners smashed that mark,…

A Walk in Their Boots: Fargo Fire, Sanford POWER Team Take on Stair Challenge

To Understand What it Takes To Be A Firefighter, Sandford POWER Employees Suit Up

FARGO, ND — The Fargo Fire Department is challenging Sanford POWER to take a walk in their boots. Helmets on, suits zipped, and equipment ready. That’s what employees of Sanford POWER did to prepare to walk up 10 flights of steps in the new Sanford Medical Center. It’s all so they can understand just what it takes to work as the firefighters…

Minot Recycling Plant Still Smoldering After Massive Fire

Officials say the air quality in the area is now safe

  MINOT, ND — A massive fire at a Minot recycling plant is still smoldering with smaller fires still inside. Fire crews were seen at Earth Recycling earlier this morning trying to keep the smolder under control. Officials say the air quality in the area is now safe. The massive fire started ripping through the recycling plant on Thursday. Drivers…

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…

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…