Fire breaks out in a downtown Minot apartment

MINOT, ND - UPDATE: Halls Apartments, operated by IMM, forced all residents to evacuate after it caught fire early Wednesday morning.

The apartment complex had 28 units and the city believes 26 of them were occupied, according to Derek Hackett, the public information officer for the City of Minot.

It’s still unclear at this time if everyone managed to get out of the building, whether there were any injuries, and what caused the fire.

Hackett said the roof to the apartment is gone. The structure will be a total loss. Crews are expected to be on scene throughout Wednesday.

The Red Cross has been on scene periodically throughout the morning providing supplies for displaced tenants, and are working on setting them up in hotels.

Minot Public School Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer said classes at Minot Central Campus, which lies kitty corner to the apartment, will go on as scheduled.

However, parents are advised to use caution when dropping off students and to follow directions provided by Minot Police who have secured the area around the fire.

Minot’s YWCA is housed across the street from the impacted apartment building and is now assisting those displaced. YWCA staff say they are welcoming the apartment residents to come in for clothing, household items and personal care items. They can also assist with accessing resources to find a place to live.

Fire crews battled a fire at an apartment in downtown Minot early Wednesday morning.

The apartment in question is the Halls Apartments, operated by IMM.

Flames were visible from the upper part of the structure.

It's unclear at this time if anyone was hurt, or the cause.

We will have more information as it becomes available.