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Recent House Fire Concerns Lincoln Residents

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Some Lincoln residents are saying it takes the Rural Fire Department too long to get out to them, and they need their own department.

Luckily there were no injuries at the weekend house fire, but some residents are worried about the slow response time if there is another house fire in the small town south of Bismarck.

Two days after the fire, all that's left is rubble and the ugly reminder that this could happen again at any time.

When it comes to fire, a matter of minutes make all the difference,that's why some residents are saying they need a fire department in Lincoln.

"It takes them 10 minutes to get here by the time you get here in 10 minutes everything is fried, you know."

"I think we're big enough where we should have our own."

"I think the rural fire dept can get out here pretty quick but I think Lincoln is big enough where they should have their own."

Many residents say the extra cost would be worth the peace of mind.

"Would you be willing to pay higher taxes for a fire department out here? Oh I suppose yeah I mean it would be worth it."

"Taxes are high enough but yeah I would pay a little more."

But Mayor Robert Johnston says now is not the time.

"Setting up a fire department up as you imagine is not just a matter of waving a magic wand and making that happen," he said.

"Burleigh County Rural Fire has given us excellent service over the years. The response time is quick they're well equipped, they're well trained and they do very well."

Mayor Johnston says if they ever did have a fire department, it would be volunteer run, so it may take them just as long, if not longer, to respond to a fire.

But Mayor Johnston and Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Klein both say they have talked about keeping one of the rural fire trucks in Lincoln.

They just need a place to house it.

"It takes a lot of money to build those and we don't have that, but we're working towards that and we hope to have that as soon as we can but I couldn't tell you right now when that might be," Johnston said.

This fire has been a wake up call to the community, and both the residents and the officials can agree, the fastest possible response is best.

"If we can save somebody's house or somebody's life it's definitely worth it."

Mayor Johnston says he has heard rumors about a possible overpass on 66th Street so there would be no chance of fire trucks or ambulances being held up at the tracks.

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