Photo courtesy / Roger Riveland Firefighters in Williston, N.D., were called about 2 a.m. Friday to a fire at an apartment complex that was under construction.

WFD needs equipment


WILLISTON, N.D. — A huge fire that destroyed two apartment buildings here Friday highlighted the strain on fire department resources as the rapidly growing city adds more multi-story buildings.

Darwin Stevens, chief of volunteers for the Williston Fire Department, said the department needs more equipment, including at least one 100-foot ladder truck, as Williston adds more three- and four-story apartment buildings. The city has one 75-foot ladder truck.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.