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The cause of the Feb. 28, fire at 1031 First St. in West Fargo has been ruled accidental with the cause being related to smoking materials.
At 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, the West Fargo Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in an apartment at 1031 First St. in West Fargo. West Fargo Police Department units arrived on scene first and were notified by bystanders that they had heard a person yelling inside the apartment. Officers opened the door, and a few feet from the door found a fire victim. They then pulled the victim outside.
The first engine on scene found fire in a back bedroom and extinguished the fire. There was moderate smoke damage throughout the entire apartment.
An updated condition of the 40-year-old male victim has not been released, but he was been flown to Hennepin County, Minnesota, shortly after the incident for fire-related injuries.