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Fire guts rental home near Dickinson State University

A small home near Dickinson State University suffered extensive damage Tuesday morning after a fire started on the main floor. Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said there were no injuries in the fire that started shortly after 6 a.m. and was under ...

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Firefighters with the Dickinson Fire Department exit a house on the 100 block of Ninth Avenue West on Tuesday morning near the Dickinson State University campus. (Press Photo by Linda Sailer)

A small home near Dickinson State University suffered extensive damage Tuesday morning after a fire started on the main floor.

Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said there were no injuries in the fire that started shortly after 6 a.m. and was under control within 90 minutes. However, he said the house at 113 Ninth Ave. W suffered “extensive water and smoke damage on the main floor, water damage to the basement and fire damage to the attic.”

Sivak said the fire was likely electrical and started inside of a wall.

The home was occupied by renters. According to the county assessor’s office, the home’s owner is listed as “Al or Daniel Weigum.”

Sivak said although it was a small home, “there was a lot of physical work involved.”

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The fire was difficult to fight, he said, because the home had multiple roof lines, and a stucco and liffin plaster exterior.

“Several different roof lines made any kind of venting or getting to the attic very difficult,” Sivak said. “There was always an obstacle blocking our way. We had to be very careful because the roof had burned through. It was very unstable. We were very aware of a potential collapse.”

Thirty-one firefighters responded to the scene with three fire apparatus and three utility vehicles. They closed the scene at 8:38 a.m.

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Firefighters with the Dickinson Fire Department watch a house that caught fire on the 100 block of Ninth Avenue West on Tuesday morning near the Dickinson State University campus. (Press Photo by Linda Sailer)

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