FARGO — A cab driver notified the occupants of a burning home in north Fargo and a neighbor helped to dig out a hydrant as fire crews responded to a blaze that destroyed a garage and damaged the attached house early Thursday, March 14.

At about 1:45 a.m., firefighters received a report of a fire at 2206 10th St. N. Crews arrived within about three minutes of the call.

Both occupants were able to escape without injuries before firefighters arrived, the fire department said.

Another man, Kenny Asplin, also took action. Asplin said he dug out a hydrant buried across the street in several feet of snow. He also helped hook the lines to the engine on scene, which firefighters said was low on water.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It appears to have started in the garage and spread to the attic of the house, firefighters said.

Firefighters found several cats in the house and returned them to their owner, the fire department said.