A structure was reported as "fully engulfed" in flames at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in northeast Minot.
Firfighters put down the boots they were collecting money in for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the intersection of East Burdick and Third Street Southeast and jumped into their trucks to report to the scene. Upon arrival, the sky above the entire neighborhood of Third Street Northeast and 12th and 13th Avenues Northeast was clouded with deep, black smoke that continued to billow from the storage structure shared by several of the multi-family homes there.
Two residents in the home right next to the fire reported that they were both taking a nap, after returning from long, overnight shifts at work, when they awoke to the smell of something burning. One of the women said she assumed it was coming from the construction crew that has closed off a large swath, including that portion, of Third Street Northeast to work on a new sewer line. Soon, she said, she knew the smell was too strong.
The other woman said she rushed to the structure with a fire extinguisher, but it was ineffective because the fire was already too hot.
The construction crew on the scene rushed to help the firefighters attach their hoses and worked to clear a way for the responding units in the cramped construction conditions.
What remained when the firefighters put the fire out was a ruined building.
Facing the front of the building, the entire left side had been reduced to charred framing boards, with the composite door warped from the heat. The fire had spread to the middle units, too, including the unit used by the two women who first noticed the fire. The right side remained largely intact.