Morning house fire

For the second day in a row, Minot firefighters have responded to a pre-dawn fire. One of two residents was transported to the hospital with heat and fire burns and is in an unknown condition by 11 a.m. Friday.

Dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of 15th Street Northwest at 7:21 a.m., firefighters arrived on scene eight minutes later to see heavy flames coming out of the front window on the east side.

“We knocked down the big flames in about 10 minutes and then we dealt with all the overhaul for the fire, which is to put out all the small fires that sprout up,” said Battalion Chief John Hocking of the Minot Fire Department.

In all, the majority of the firefighters stayed for about an hour and a half or around 9 a.m. One fire truck stayed on the scene to keep an eye out for reignition of the fire until a little before 10 a.m.

In addition to the two residents, firefighters were able to rescue two cats from the home, but a third had died.

“I think they were in the basement when we took them out and they needed some fresh air for sure,” Hocking said.

Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it was largely confined to only the main floor and the house will be repairable as no structural damage was seen.

“Structurally, I don’t think it did much damage,” Hocking said. “Sofas and beds and all the interior stuff will need to be removed because of how much heat was in there.”