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From: City Of Minot/Fire Department
February 26, 2020
Early morning fire destroys downtown Minot apartment building
Fire destroyed an apartment building in downtown Minot early Wednesday, displacing residents from the structure’s 28 units.
The Minot Fire Department responded to a call at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday of a large fire at the Hall’s Apartments, located at the intersection of Third Avenue SE and Second Street SE. En-gines from all four Minot fire stations responded, including more than 30 Fire Department per-sonnel.
Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel said the Fire Department has verified that all of the build-ing’s occupants are safe. The building, built in 1916, contains 28 units; 26 units were occupied. Six firefighters received treatment for minor injuries.
“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.”
Kronschnabel said the fire was under control by approximately 8 a.m., although some hot spots remained as of late Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters and law enforcement will remain on scene throughout the night.
Kronschnabel said she’s thankful for assistance from Milton Young Towers, Community Ambu-lance, Red Cross, Xcel Energy, MDU, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department, the Minot Police Department, the City’s water and street departments, and other agencies.
An insurance company investigator is on scene, and Kronschnabel said a structural engineer will determine if the Fire Department will be allowed into the building to continue its investigation.