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At approximately 9:31 AM on Friday, November 20, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of smoke and fire in the basement of a single-family home located at the 2100 block of North 7th Street. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate. The first arriving fire crew contacted the home owner, who reported that everyone was out of the house and that the fire was in the basement.
The fire crew established command and pulled a hose line to the front door, and went in to investigate. As other fire crews arrived they were assigned to secure a water supply. The fire crew found fire in the basement utility room involving the electrical supply panel. The fire was extinguished with a handheld extinguisher, and an overhaul operation was conducted to find any remaining hot spots. When overhaul was complete, fans were used to ventilate the house of smoke. The fire caused the electrical transformer at the supply pole to trip, which cut off electrical supply to some neighboring homes.
Five fire department apparatus and 14 fire fighters were dispatched to the scene. The Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. Metro Area Ambulance was on scene to provide medical support. MDU was on scene to secure the electrical utility. There were no injuries to any occupants or first responders. The occupants of the home were temporarily displaced. Fire damage was limited to the electrical panel the immediate area. There was smoke damage throughout the basement and main level of the home.