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4 people displaced after early morning fire in Bismarck rental house


BISMARCK, North Dakota — Four residents have been displaced from their rental house after an early morning fire in Bismarck.

KXMB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hRLrMb ) that the fire broke out on North 18th Street at about 5:30 a.m.

The fire began on an outside deck, and it took 16 firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

The fire department estimates that the home suffered about $100,000 in heat and smoke damage.

The cause remains under investigation, but investigators believe it was accidentally ignited by a cigarette that was thrown away.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross provided assistance with clothing, food and other necessities for two of the displaced renters and were reaching out to the two other people impacted by the fire.

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