For the second day in a row, Minot firefighters have responded to a pre-dawn fire Friday. One of two residents was transported to the hospital with heat and fire burns and is in an unknown condition.
Dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of 15th Street Northwest at 7:21 a.m., firefighters arrived on scene eight minutes later to see heavy flames coming out of the front window on the east side.
"We knocked down the big flames in about 10 minutes and then we dealt with all the overhaul for the fire, which is to put out all the small fires that sprout up," said Battalion Chief John Hocking of the Minot Fire Department in an interview.
This home, on 15th Street Northwest near the intersection with 11th Avenue Northwest, was reported as being on fire to Minot firefighters at 7:21 a.m. Friday.
Remains of interior furnishings and other burned materials sit in the front yard of the home, which had its windows and doors already boarded up when this photo was taken at around 4:45 p.m. Friday.
In all, the majority of the firefighters stayed for about an hour and a half, leaving around 9 a.m. One fire truck stayed on the scene to keep an eye out for reignition of the fire until a little before 10 a.m.
In addition to the two residents, firefighters were able to rescue two cats from the home, but a third had died.
"I think they were in the basement when we took them out and they needed some fresh air for sure," Hocking said.
Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it was largely confined to the main floor and the house will be reparable as no structural damage was seen.
"Structurally, I don't think it did much damage," Hocking said. "Sofas and beds and all the interior stuff will need to be removed because of how much heat was in there."
No additional information on the cause of the fire was available by Friday evening.