UPDATE: Apartment building fire in Mandan

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 1:50 PM CDT
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UPDATE: According to the Red Cross, there were 41 of the apartments occupied and one vacant in the building.

Six families stayed at the Blackstone Hotel Sunday night.

Nine families stayed at the Comfort Inn Sunday night.

As of Monday morning, three families were helped with assistance from the Red Cross.

UPDATE 4:37 PM 7/15: Mandan Fire Chief Steve Nardello says the bulk of the fire is down.

He says the fire started on third floor patio and moved into attic. When crews arrived on scene, flames were through the roof. So they started using defensive measures.

Nardello says crews were hindered by a lack of water supply. There was one hydrant that was not working and another one had low water pressure, so the city of Mandan had to come out and fix it.

He says Mandan Fire, Bismarck Fire, both Bismarck and Mandan Rural Fire, as well as a fire crew from Marathon Refinery responded. Metro Area Ambulance was also on scene and the Mandan Police Department responded for traffic control.

Nardello says they are waiting for water to drain out of the building and then they will send crews back in.

He says no one was injured and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

According to Nardello, there were four firefighter that were treated heat exhaustion, but they are expected to be okay. Because of the heat, most of Mandan firefighters are almost out of hours of service.

He expects the building to be a total loss and expects crews to be on scene into tonight.

A shelter has been set up at the Mandan Middle School for people affected by the fire.

ORIGINAL STORY: Crews are responding to an apartment fire in north Mandan.

The Sunset Bluffs apartments, located at 1627 31st Street Northwest, caught fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene just before 12:30 p.m. for reports of heavy smoke and flames, believed to have started on the third floor.

The property is owned by Eagle Eye Management, has 42 units and is 5-7 years old.

According to Tatum Butz, the maintenance supervisor, they believe everyone made it out but there may be animals still in the building.

Parts of the building have collapsed.

Mandan police say Mandan Fire, Mandan Rural Fire and Bismarck Fire Departments are on scene. Metro Ambulance has also responded. The Red Cross is on scene to assist residents of the building and emergency responders.

Mandan police also say there are firefighters with heat exhaustion.

Temperatures are in the upper 80s with dew points in the low 70s, creating hot and humid conditions.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Apartment fire in Mandan

Posted by KFYR-TV on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mandan apartment building fire.

Posted by KFYR-TV on Sunday, July 14, 2019