Smoke but no fire at courthouse when heating unit malfunctions

The Minot Fire Department was called to the Ward County Courthouse Friday morning after a heating unit in a third floor office malfunctioned and started smoking.

Glen Hardy, battalion chief, said there was no fire and the courthouse was not evacuated.

“It didn’t even cause the alarm to go off,” he said.

Hardy said firefighters checked out the heater and left within minutes.

The call came in around 11 a.m. Friday.