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Building and vehicles destroyed by fire at Magoo's Tattoos and Body Piercing near Grand Forks

Volunteer firefighters from five rural departments and the Grand Forks International Airport firefighters contain a blaze at Magoo's Tattoos and Body Piercings west of Grand Forks Tuesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

A grass fire that spread to a farmstead Tuesday afternoon destroyed one building, two vehicles, including a bus, and heavily damaged other equipment at a rural Grand Forks business.

The fire follows a January blaze that destroyed a home on the property.

Fire and rescue crews from five departments responded to Magoo’s Tattoos and Body Piercings following the emergency call, which was received between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

The fire destroyed a building that, at one time, housed Magoo’s tattoo shop, according to Lt. Tony Hanson, a 22-year veteran of the Emerado (N.D.) Fire Department. The business is located in another building on the property. 

“The wind kept wanting to take it,” he said. “We worked on keeping it from spreading.”

Firefighters prevented the flames from reaching a nearby modular home, he said. The fire was brought under control by about 4 p.m., although some crews remained on the scene to keep the smoldering embers from reigniting.

Fire and rescue departments on the scene of the fire included Emerado, Manvel, Gilby, Thompson, and Grand Forks International Airport, along with Altru Ambulance and the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department.

The property is located about five miles northwest of the airport.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday’s fire was the second on that location this year. The burned-out shell of a house from the earlier fire stands within 200 feet of the latest fire.

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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