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One person arrested after report of apartment fire in Valley City

Information about the incident was sent to the Barnes County State's Attorney's Office for consideration of any charges.

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VALLEY CITY — One person was arrested after a report of barricaded person who may have started a fire in an apartment in Valley City, according to Phil Hatcher, Valley City chief of police.

The Valley City Police Department was dispatched at about 12:35 p.m. Sunday, July 17, to the 200 block of 3rd Avenue Southeast. Officers arrived and made contact with the person inside the apartment, but the individual refused to ext the building, Hatcher said.

The building was evacuated, and the Valley City Fire Department was placed on standby if needed, Hatcher said. A perimeter around the affected neighborhood was established to limit access.

At about 1:45 p.m. officers entered the apartment, and the individual was taken into custody and transported to Mercy Hospital in Valley City for a mental health evaluation, Hatcher said.

Hatcher said burnt material was found inside the apartment but no structural damage was observed. He said no injuries were reported.

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Information about the incident was sent to the Barnes County State's Attorney's Office for consideration of any charges.

The Barnes County Sheriff's Office and Barnes County Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

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