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Fire crews respond to balcony fire at Grand Forks apartment

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A melted plastic chair lays in the snow below an upper deck balcony that was the scene of a propane tank explosion Monday in south Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

A Grand Forks apartment fire caused a small propane tank to explode, resulting in about $5,000 in damage this morning.

At about 9:45 a.m., firefighters responded to the fire, which was contained to the balcony of a residence at the West Ridge apartment building in the 2700 block of South 38th Street.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived, said Battalion Chief Rob Corbett. One person had been home at the time of the fire but escaped safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Corbett said.

Altru Ambulance was also on scene.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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