Crews respond to fire in northwest Minot

MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE—Minot Fire Battalion Chief Gary Rasmussen says no one was inside a home in the 1300 block of Valley View Drive Thursday evening when it caught fire.

Rasmussen tells Your News leader that when crews arrived on scene, they found a heavy volume of fire from a detached double-garage.

There was also damage to a breezeway and a single attached garage, and the heat from the fire melted the siding on the next-door house.

No one was hurt. The homeowners were out-of-town at the time, and have been informed of the fire. A neighbor spotted the fire and called 9-1-1.

The garage is a total loss, but crews were able to prevent the fire from destroying the entire home.

Crews spent the rest of Thursday night putting out remaining hot-spots and will have someone stay overnight for fire watch.

9:30 p.m.--A fire ripped through a garage and part of an attached home, and caused damage to a nearby home, on Minot’s northwest side Thursday evening.

A call came in around 8 p.m. of flames coming from a garage in the 1300 block of Valley View Drive, near the intersection of Blake Road.

A large plume of smoke quickly appeared over the northwest part of the city, before Minot Fire crews began knocking down the flames.

Firefighters had much of the flames knocked down by 8:30 p.m.

The fire prompted Minot Police to redirect traffic from Valley View Drive and Blake Road to other parts of town while crews battled the fire.

The fire also drew a large number of concerned citizens who headed out to see what had happened.

It’s unclear what caused the fire or if anyone was inside at time.