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Fire destroys Fargo mobile home; 17-year-old girl treated for smoke inhalation

A mobile home at 3506 Casino St. N. in Fargo was destroyed by fire Saturday night. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO - A 17-year-old girl was treated for smoke inhalation after she escaped a fire that destroyed a north Fargo mobile home Saturday night.

The girl, who was home alone at the time of the fire in the Riviera Heights mobile home park, woke up to the smell of smoke in her room and escaped out her bedroom window, Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh said.

"She felt her bedroom door and it was hot, so she did the right thing" by not opening the door, Schuh said.

Fire crews responded at about 11:40 p.m. to the home at 3506 Casino St. N. and found it engulfed in flames and strong winds pushing the fire onto the adjacent home, according to Assistant Chief LeRoy Skarloken.

Firefighters stopped the flames from spreading into the home next door and brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes, but the home in which the fire started was a complete loss. The adjacent home sustained exterior damage estimated at less than $1,000, Schuh said.

The girl was taken by F-M Ambulance to Sanford Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. She was expected to make a full recovery.

One cat died in the fire, Schuh said.

The cause of the fire, which started in the kitchen/living room area, is under investigation.

About a dozen firefighters fought the blaze. The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Fargo police also assisted at the scene.