The quick work of bystanders helped put out a deck fire in south Grand Forks Friday night.
Grand Forks firefighters responded to a reported deck fire around 7:30 p.m. Friday at 3500 30th Ave. S., the Grand Forks Fire Department said in a press release.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find that the fire had been extinguished by the actions of some quick acting bystanders, the release said.
The department said a bystander noticed the fire burning on a table and was able to climb to the second floor deck. The neighbors on the third floor deck were able to hand down a bucket of water which was used to extinguish the flames. Firefighters then used a ladder to assist the bystander down to the ground.
Damage was confined to the deck area and estimated at $2,500.
The release said the fire investigation determined the cause of the fire to be the improper extinguishment of smoking materials.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and the exact cause of the fire is currently under
Investigation, the release said.
Eighteen firefighters from Grand Forks responded to the call. The Grand Forks Police Department and Altru Ambulance were also on scene.
"The Grand Forks Fire Department would like to remind everyone to use approved receptacles for the disposal of all smoking materials," the department said.