The Chateau Apartments under construction near Arrowhead Shopping Center in southwest Minot were destroyed by fire Thursday.
Fire crews are working to ensure the Lamplighter, Xcel Energy and First International Bank suffer no damages. The fire department reports the Lamplighter is iced over, which should keep smoke damage to a minimum.
The Chateau Apartments to the west were evacuated. The Red Cross is on the scene and assisting with displaced residents and watching over firefighters. Crews will be on scene all day.
This pre-dawn photo taken a little after 7:30 a.m. today shows a Chateau Apartments building engulfed in flames, with the structure collapsing. The building, near the corner of 16th Street Southwest and Second Avenue, was still under construction. The fire was reported shortly after 7 a.m. and the cause for it is currently unknown.
Sixteenth Street will be closed from Central to Second Avenue most of the day.
Due to the fire, Minot city bus routes have been disrupted. The city will operate routes where possible, but buses may be very late and some routes may be canceled.