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Early Morning House Fire

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An early morning fire for a second straight day kept fire crews busy today in Minot.

This was the scene just after seven this morning when the call went out of smoke and flames coming from a home at Eleven-Seventeen 15th Street NW.

When crews arrived the flames had already spread to much of the home...making saving much of it nearly impossible.

Two residents of the home were able to escape with minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

First on the scene was actually a next-door neighbor -- Chris Howard -- who did what he could to slow the blaze...

(Chris Howard - Next Door Neighbor) "I ran outside...the wife got me the fire extinguishers out there but I couldn't keep it from spreading." (CJ Craven - Minot Fire Chief) "We usually have more fires in colder weather. People are using alternate sources of heat and regular heat sources can get overloaded. If something is going to fail, it fails when it is 15 below."

Officials will work on determining if that is what happened to cause this blaze...that answer is still not known.

What hasn't failed in the below zero deep freeze has been the crews responding to these two fires.

Craven says he is proud of the work his men have done the last few days...

(CJ Craven - Minot Fire Chief) "They are doing a great job, they are functioning out here in the cold weather. We are still on scene at the other fire. They got out here and got this out. We will get this one buttoned up and get back to the station and get them some coffee."

The two residents of the home were able to escape -- and at two of the family's three cats were saved by fire crews...here's one of them getting a lift away from the fire thanks to a Minot Police officer.

No word yet on what caused the fire that did extensive damage to the home.

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