UPDATE: 9:30 A.M.
The fire is still active and fire crews are still on scene.
Crews are working to locate everyone who is on the manifest for the apartment building.
The Minot PIO Derek Hackett says the fire is incredibly difficult to fight because each unit in the building has its own entrance. Each unit has to be entered from the outside. Hackett referred to it as essentially having ‘almost 30 pizza ovens.’
UPDATE 7:01 A.M.
Fire crews are battling the blaze at the complex near 2nd Street and 3rd. Avenue. Minot fire officials say the fire started around midnight and when firefighters arrived, they found flames on all three levels of the building.
Firefighters are so busy battling the flames, they haven’t had a chance to sweep the building to make sure everyone evacuated safely. Out of 28 units, 26 of them were occupied.
“It doesn’t have a roof, we know that. So, this isn’t going to be a structure that’s going to be saved. Right now it’s about making sure we contain the flames, try and extinguish the flames and contain the damage to just the one structure,” said Derek Hackett, Public Information Officer.
A total of 30 firefighters were on the scene.
Breaking news this morning …
A large fire broke out and engulfed an apartment complex in downtown Minot early Wednesday morning.
Fire crews are battling the blaze at the complex near 2nd Street and 3rd. Avenue.
KX News contacted officials and they do not currently have any further information.
It is unknown if anyone was hurt or the cause of the fire at this time.
KX News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.