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The cause of a fire at a downtown apartment building on Feb. 26 has been classified as undetermined, according to the Minot Fire Department’s investigative team.
The fire in the Hall’s Apartment building started shortly after midnight on Feb. 26. The fire originated in a first floor apartment on the building’s west side, according to Minot Fire Marshal Dean Lenertz. The blaze then spread to other sections of the structure, located at the intersection of Third Avenue SE and Second Street SE.
“We’ve completed our initial investigation, but we are still processing a lot of information,” Lenertz said. “Due to the compromised integrity of the structure, it’s been very difficult for the investigation team to determine a direct cause. At this time, an incendiary fire is not suspected.”
The building has been deemed unsafe by City of Minot building inspectors and has been secured. No one should try to enter the structure, Lenertz said. The building has been turned back over to its management company. There are 28 units in the building; 26 were occupied at the time of the fire.
“We’re extremely thankful no one was seriously injured, including the occupants of the building and our firefighters,” Lenertz said.
Engines from all four of Minot’s fire stations responded to the fire, including more than 30 Fire Department personnel. Six firefighters received treatment for minor injuries.