Webber house burnsPublished 11:51am Thursday, October 24, 2013
FARGO — A family in south Fargo woke to the smell of smoke this morning as a fire blazed on the third floor of their century-old home, the Fargo Forum reported today. The extent of the damage was unknown early this morning.
Don and Mary Kinzler, along with two of their children and a pet rabbit, fled the house in the 1400 block of 42nd Avenue South at about 5 a.m. after Mary Kinzler discovered smoke billowing out of a third floor door, an area used as storage, of the neo-classical house.
The house was built by Fergus Falls businessman E.J. Webber in 1895, and was known as the Webber House, located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.
Don Kinzler and his wife moved the more than 100-year-old home from Fergus Falls in 1991 to a large plot near Rose Creek in Fargo.
The move was a source of controversy in the area, according to Otter Tail County Historical Society Executive Director Chris Schuelke.
The house lost its designation on the National Register of Historic Places when it was moved to Fargo.
“We lost a significant piece of our built history when the house left Fergus Falls,” Schuelke said. “You hate to see something like this happen.”
The Fargo Fire Department was still on the scene as of 7:30 a.m.
The Red Cross was also there to provide assistance.
Kinzler writes a weekly garden column for the Fargo Forum.