Snow delays response to rural Bismarck fire

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A foot of snow on the roads lead to a house burning down north of Bismarck.

All the occupants of the house on the 2200 block of 162nd Ave NW made it out safely after a fire started in their garage around 9 a.m.

Bismarck Rural Fire did its best to get to the house but had to wait about a mile away for more than a half-hour until Burleigh County road crews could plow them a path.

The house is a total loss, but the fire department is grateful for the job the road crews did.

"They were listening. They heard the call come in on the radio. They started diverting resources in this direction right away, and yes, the response was delayed, but it could've been a lot worse without their assistance because we would have never made it in here," says Michael Voigt, Bismarck Rural Fire Chief.

Friends of the family have set up a go-fund-me to help cover losses.

The the link to the campaign is attached to this story.