UPDATE – Oct. 19, 5:11 p.m.

MINOT, N.D. (KXNET) — KX News spoke with the hospital Vice President Randy Schwan who says right now, part of the third floor is open, but the area where the fire happened is shut down.

He says they’ll have to re-wire the area, which will take about a week, but starting Thursday, some of the patients will be able to return to the unit.

“The third floor in this area is labor delivery in nurseries where the babies are. It was in that far end of the hallway, and so the nursery was actually moved to a pediatric unit on a different floor, and some patients moved down the hall across the doors to the mom and baby area of the family birth center,” said Schwan. 

Minot Fire Battalion Chief Brent Weber told KX that there were no reported injuries, Minot Fire Department is still looking into how the fire happened.

ORIGINAL STORY – Oct. 19, 8:48 a.m.

MINOT, N.D. (KXNET) — An electrical fire on the third floor of Trinity Hospital caused the patients and staff of the medical center to evacuate on Tuesday, October 18.

According to the Minot Fire Department, they originally responded to a call from the hospital at 1 Burdick Expressway West at approximately 1:51 p.m. after a report of a small explosion on the third floor resulting in active smoke and fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the initial flames and successfully traced them back to an electrical panel.

In total, three engines, one ladder truck, two command vehicles, and two support vehicles were present on site responding to the incident, carrying 16 firefighters and five support staff.

A full evacuation of the third floor was conducted, followed by search and rescue efforts on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors as well. All occupants of each floor safely exited the structure before the property was once again turned over to Trinity’s building superintendent.

Fire watch will remain in place at Trinity Hospital until all suppression and detection systems are once again fully operable. The fire remains under investigation.