Two North Dakota Firefighters Trapped in Five-Alarm Blaze

One firefighter was rescued by ladder, while the other was rescued from inside.


Two Fargo firefighters were trapped following a roof collapse during a five-alarm apartment fire last night, according to InForum.

One firefighter was rescued from the outside of the third-floor unit by ladder, while the other was rescued from inside the building, Fargo Fire Marshal Norman Scott told the newspaper.

Both firefighters were uninjured and eventually returned to battle the fire.

In all, 150 residents were displaced in the blaze that destroyed the ten-year-old Galleria On 42nd apartment building on 3700 42nd Street South. Several residents were rescued with ladders, but no injuries were reported.

Scott said the fire most likely began shortly before 6 p.m. in the center of the first floor and quickly spread up the three-story building.

Crews worked throughout the night and fire investigators planned to return this morning to continue their work.

The Moorhead and West Fargo fire departments as well as the North Dakota Air National Guard also responded to the blaze.