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Fire destroys 2 Williston apartment buildings

December 13, 2013

WILLISTON (AP) — Fire has destroyed two apartment buildings under construction in Williston....

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chadk66

Dec-14-13 10:32 AM

saywhat, I also thought temp heat right away in both the minot and Williston fires. But the apartment in Williston was a month from renting rooms from what I understand. I would guess they had full heat at this point. Williston also had a huge apartment/assisted living facility flood a few days before it opened. this was a couple years ago. three story building that flooded from the top down. delayed the opening for close to a year I believe. Something goofy is going on

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MarkHighwater

Dec-14-13 2:53 AM

I'm sure there are still people living in flooded out homes in minot...I know a electrician who did at least in the year following the flood....who knows perhaps some of the construction crew were crashing out on the jobsite.

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MarkHighwater

Dec-14-13 2:41 AM

Wouldn't it be ironic if it was homeless individuals, accidently or intentionally initiating these massive blazes?

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disgusted

Dec-13-13 7:47 PM

We can all play fire marshall as long as our decisions aren't taken to court!

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SayWhat

Dec-13-13 6:35 PM

With the extreme cold we've had, these "under construction" apartments don't have heat I'm sure. So many construction companies probably use space heateres or alternative/temporary heat sources to make the environment more comfortable for the workers. My guess would be some sort of heat source started the 1st building. Flames and ambers from the original building started the 2nd one on fire according to the Williston Herald. They indicated all 4 buildings are only 20 feet apart. The other 2 were spared because they were not downwind from the the other 2. So doubt it was arson.

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Heresjohnny

Dec-13-13 3:19 PM

I'm thinking arson but will we ever find out is the question

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disgusted

Dec-13-13 2:17 PM

Whistler, nope!

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muleskinner

Dec-13-13 2:13 PM

Could be a firebug working some overtime in Minot and Williston.

Steel and concrete do not burn as easily as wood.

Insurance companies are tearing their hair out over these wood structures that catch fire and burn to the ground.

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disgusted

Dec-13-13 12:45 PM

locomotive, I don't know who owns this structure, but here in Minot, IRET owns that apt complex that burned. This is their third loss at that site including the flood. They would not burn for money. The RR is less than 1/2 a block from there. But, two fires, two apt complexes under construction, two in oil country, too co-incidental.

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bushandcheneylied

Dec-13-13 11:41 AM

ooops!!!Forgot about the training I received from the GOP.I mean hire a night watchperson.

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locomotive

Dec-13-13 11:27 AM

Another theory: perhaps some developers would rather take a loss to fire than to complete a project.

Anything is possible...

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bushandcheneylied

Dec-13-13 11:24 AM

What is it going to take for these contractors/investors to hire a night watchman?

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MattRothchild

Dec-13-13 11:23 AM

No, I'm thinking of something far darker than simple squatters.

My theory: these apartment building burnings are works of arson, an act in a low-intensity guerilla warfare campaign aimed at derailing anything associated with the oilfield. There's already an ample body of evidence of people who are highly envious, they having been left behind by all the development and money to come from the oilfield. It has disrupted their stability and they were unprepared to adapt to it, so one/some of them might be taking their feelings on the matter from mere talk to action.

My theory.

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MarkHighwater

Dec-13-13 10:58 AM

I'm sure these builds are an ideal spot for homeless to dwell..just gotta supply their own heat source.

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MattRothchild

Dec-13-13 10:46 AM

This is beginning to happen with too much regularity for me to think it's simply coincidence.

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