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At 10:32 AM on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the Bismarck Fire Department responded to a report of an apartment building fire at 3001 Ohio St.
The first arriving officer gave an initial report of a 24 unit apartment building with fire coming from a third floor apartment and fire extending towards the attic area. Several tenants had evacuated the building upon the fire departments arrival. Two officers from the Bismarck Police Department had arrived on scene and had already forced their way into the apartment and opened the patio door. They then discharged a fire extinguisher on the burning material which extinguished much of the fire. Firefighters entered the apartment and finished extinguishment of the fire and checked to make sure the fire had not extended into the attic area. The area where the fire originated was opened up and embers were extinguished. The fire was confined to the exterior of the building and the deck. There were no injuries at this incident.
The building had fire damage to the deck, siding and soffit. A preliminary damage estimate is $10,000.00. 13 fire personnel responded to the fire with 3 fire engines and 1 Command vehicle. Upon completion of the fire departments investigation the cause of the fire is undetermined and was accidental in nature. The cause of the fire may have been due to improperly discarded smoking materials but an electrical outlet malfunction could not be ruled out.
The Bismarck Fire Department would like to remind everyone that all smoking materials should be completely extinguished and properly disposed of in an approved container.