A Bottineau family is homeless after a fire late last week destroyed the house they moved into just a year ago.
Jim Olson reports the members of the family had to scramble to survive the fast-moving blaze early Friday morning.
You can understand why someone would build a house here - on a hill overlooking Oak Creek north of Bottineau. But today, that beautiful view is soiled by what happened here about 3am Friday.
(Eric Nostdahl, Bottineau Fire Chief) "It was spreading real fast."
Bottineau fire chief Eric Nostdahl snapped this photo of the Saykelly family house as it was consumed by fire. He says the father was out of town in Wisconsin when the fire broke out on the home's front porch. The mother and two children were sleeping inside when the heat from the fire started breaking windows.
(Eric Nostdahl, Bottineau Fire Chief) "Probably the front window breaking out from the heat, it popped evidently this front window and the sound of that woke her daughter up and between that noise and her daughter yelling I believe is what woke up Katie "
Katie and her two kids rushed out of the house, calling 9-1-1 as they fled. Firefighter Jon Beyer was on the first truck to arrive just a few minutes later.
(Jon Beyer, Bottineau Firefighter) "We met Katie right at the end of the driveway and she brought us in right away and at that time the front of the house was starting to go up into the second story."
(Eric Nostdahl, Bottineau Fire Chief) "So I'm guessing within ten minutes we had that first truck up there and that house was completely engulfed in flames so it was really spreading fast."
About two dozen firefighters and seven trucks ended up at the scene - but all they could do was protect the nearby propane tank and watch the fire claim the house.
Katie Saykelly says people have responded in an amazing way - helping with housing and clothing and other things they suddenly needed. And, as you can see, they suddenly need pretty much everything. In Bottineau, Jim Olson, KX News.
There were no injuries to the family or firefighters.
Various groups are collecting items for the family - you can contact the high school or the ambulance service in Bottineau for information.