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Published May 10, 2012, 10:17 PM

Grass Fire Ignites Fuel Tank at Abandoned Farmstead

NEAR MANVEL, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A grass fire that started Thursday evening three miles north of Manvel ignited a fuel tank and came close to further damaging an abandoned farmstead.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

NEAR MANVEL, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A grass fire that started Thursday evening three miles north of Manvel ignited a fuel tank and came close to further damaging an abandoned farmstead.

The fire started shortly before 8 p.m. High grass started on fire and spread to the east side of the home and a fuel tank, which exploded, Manvel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steve Schumer said. No one was injured.

A fire in 2009 left the front of the home heavily damaged. Officials said it was vandalism. The owner of the home wasn't there at the time.

Manvel is about 11 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

Schumer said there were eight fire rigs from both Manvel and Gilby called to the scene along with an ambulance and a Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department vehicle.

Schumer said the home was a total loss from the previous fires. He said it was the fourth time the department has been called there for a fire in four years.

It’s being investigated and because of the history at the place, does seem suspicious, a Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Deputy said.

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