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At approximately 11:00 PM on Monday, June 17, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a fire at a six-unit apartment building on the 1000 block of North 4th Street. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched. The first arriving fire crew reported a two story apartment building with smoke and flames showing from 2nd floor windows. The fire crew established command, and deployed lines to initiate an attack on the fire. It was not clear that everyone had been evacuated from the building, so additional crews searched all units of the building. After conducting a primary and secondary search of all of the apartment units, they were able to verify that nobody remained inside.
Fire crews found heavy fire in the involved apartment, and completed extinguished within approximately 10 minutes after arrival. After extinguishing the fire in the apartment, fire crews conducted overhaul operations to find and extinguish any hot spots within the walls and roof area that had been exposed to fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation at this time.
Seven fire department apparatus and 19 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. Metro Area Ambulance was on scene to provide medical support. MDU was called to the scene to secure utilities.
There were no injuries to the occupants of the building or responders. The occupants of the building were displaced, the Fire Chaplains and the American Red Cross were notified, and assisted with ensuring shelter for the displaced families. Fire damage was limited to the apartment of origin. There was moderate smoke damage to the uninvolved apartments.