Displaced tenants react to devastating apartment fire in Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - In the wake of the devastating apartment fire in Minot, dozens of tenants are now finding themselves without a home.

Two of the now-former residents of the Halls Apartments are searching for answers, one of which found out while she was across the country.

For Kelvin Vinson, the past 24 hours have been rough.

“And I just, the only stuff I was able to grab is what I have on right now, my phone and my wallet,” Vinson said.

Vinson is one of the tenants of the Halls Apartments who finds himself without a home. He says he was awoken by a neighbor who urged him to get out.

“I was sleeping, and I woke up to the smell of smoke and I woke up and I was like 'oh my goodness, what's happening?’ I thought maybe I was dreaming. And then there was a loud knock on my door saying, 'Get up, the building's on fire!' I was like, 'Oh shoot!' So I sprung up,” he said.

Vinson's said he's not remorseful of the things he had to leave behind. But for other residents like Morgan Hamsher, they weren't so lucky.

“My travel plans were about to wrap up anyway so the fact that I'm leaving today and coming home to nothing is really disheartening,” said Hamsher.

Hamsher was out of the state in Philadelphia when she learned of the fire from local officials. For her, she may have lost some things that can't be replaced.

“And there are two cats that are currently in the unit so, I don't know if they're ok. And that's my biggest concern right now. Things can be replaced but, I'm, my mindset right now is pray for the best prepare for the worst,” she said.

Both tenants say they have found places to stay with family or friends but still have a lot to do to move forward.

The Red Cross is working to set up the victims of the fire in hotels for the time being.