MINOT, N.D. — More than 30 residents of a 28-unit apartment building have been displaced and six firefighters treated for injuries after a downtown Minot fire early Wednesday.
The apartment residents were able to escape safely from the Hall's Apartments building, but the 1916 brick building was destroyed, said Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel.
“I’m very thankful all the tenants were able to evacuate safely,” Kronschnabel said. “We will continue to communicate with them as we determine if it’s safe to allow them to go back into the building to retrieve any belongings.”
The fire, which started a few minutes after midnight, was finally under control by 8 a.m., although some hot spots remained as of late Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters and law enforcement officers were expected to remain on the scene throughout the night.
An insurance investigator was on the scene and a structural engineer is determining if the fire department will be allowed into the building to continue its investigation.
Engines from all four Minot fire stations and 30 firefighters responded to the fire at the intersection of Third Avenue and Second Street Southeast.
The firefighters, who used two aerial lift fire engines to douse the fire, worked in temperatures that were in the low teens. Icicles could be seen hanging off of the building.
The six firefighters had minor injuries, according to Kronschnabel.
Of the 28 units in the building, 26 were occupied.