Two rural East Grand Forks fires had no injuries

One fire was caused by a burn pile reigniting, but the other fire's cause remains under investigation.

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EAST GRAND FORKS — The East Grand Forks Fire Department responded to two rural fires on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

At 3:06 p.m., the EGF Fire Department was dispatched for a grass fire report. The fire was approaching multiple buildings at 14469 410th Ave. SW, rural East Grand Forks.

When fire crew members arrived on the scene, they found a bus and three cars on fire, according to the release. Crew members extinguished the fire, and completed extensive overhaul due to the fire reaching the woods on the property.

The release says there were no injuries reported, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.

At 3:59 p.m., while fire crew members were still on scene at the grass fire, they were dispatched to a barn fire at 22545 417th Ave. SW, rural East Grand Forks.


Upon arrival, they found two outbuildings as well as their contents destroyed by the fire.

The fire was approaching another outbuilding, but the crew was able to extinguish it, preventing any further damage to the property and its buildings. Extensive overhaul was required at this scene as well, due to the fire spreading into the woods, the release says.

There were no injuries. The fire was caused by a "burn pile" which was lit three days prior. The burn pile rekindled and nearby grass caught fire.

The EGF Fire Department reminds residents to use caution when burning in the current dry conditions.

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Sav Kelly joined the Grand Forks Herald in August 2022.

Kelly covers public safety, including local crime and the courts system.

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