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Bismarck, ND – At approximately 3:53 PM on Friday, March 13, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a fire in a garage on the 5100 block of Redcoat Loop. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched, along with the Bismarck Police Department and Metro Ambulance. PD units arriving on scene advised that the garage was fully involved. The first arriving fire crew reported heavy smoke and fire showing from the garage, with fire extending into the home. The residents were home at the time of the fire, and verified to fire crews that everyone was out of both the home and garage.
The first-in crew deployed lines to initiate an attack on the fire. The fire had started burning the siding of the home, and had extended through the eaves into the attic of the home. Additional arriving crews deployed lines into the home, and accessed the attic area by pulling ceilings to gain access to the fire in the attic. Additional access to the attic fire required cutting into the eaves areas to deploy fire streams, in order to reach all of the involved area. Crews had the fire extinguished approximately 30 minutes after arrival, and remained on scene for some time to complete overhaul operations in order to ensure complete extinguishment.
Bismarck Fire Department fire investigators were not able to establish the direct cause of the fire, so at this time the cause remains undetermined.
Six fire department apparatus and 17 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. Metro Area Ambulance was on scene to provide medical support should it be required. MDU and Capital Electric were called to the scene to secure utilities.
There were no injuries to the occupants of the building or any of the responders. The occupants of the home have been displaced, due to the amount of damage to the home. The Red Cross was on scene to provide the family with assistance for shelter and other personal needs while they are displaced.