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Grand Forks Fire Department respons to propane tank fire at J.R Simplot

Shortly after 9 a.m crews were dispatched to the J.R. Simplot facility, where they discovered a large amount of fire coming from a 1,000-gallon propane tank on the south side of the building.

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GRAND FORKS — Crews from the Grand Forks Fire Department responded to a propane tank fire on Saturday morning, Jan. 8.

Shortly after 9 a.m crews were dispatched to the J.R. Simplot facility, where they discovered a large amount of fire coming from a 1,000-gallon propane tank on the south side of the building. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from damaging the building, while keeping the tank cool. Crews were then able to shut off the valve on the tank and extinguish the fire.

No J.R. Simplot employees or members of the fire department were injured. The facility was able to resume operations at 10 a.m.

The fire department responded with five engines, one truck, and one command vehicle with twenty personnel. The fire department was assisted by the Grand Forks Police Department and Altru Ambulance.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

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