A basement fire in southeast Minot damaged an apartment on Thursday and displaced residents from four apartments. No injuries were reported.
The Minot Fire Department responded to 400 18th Avenue SE #39 at 9:38 a.m. Thursday for a report of an active fire in the basement. The first firefighters on scene found light smoke exiting the structure from a basement window. Firefighters quickly gained access and extinguished a fire in the laundry/electrical room.
The tenants of the structure safely exited without injury. During a search of the building, firefighters located the family’s missing pet and returned it to its owners unharmed.
Due to extensive damage to the electrical panel in the unit where the fire originated, electrical crews on scene shut off power to three adjoining units to prevent further hazards to occupants.
Three engines, one ladder truck, and one command vehicle responded to the incident. Fire crews remained on scene to provide fire watch until the scene was turned over to property management.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.