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The Minot Fire Department and the Minot Police Department are investigating the cause and origin of a suspicious fire that caused the temporary evacuation of several residents from an emergency homeless shelter.
The Fire Department responded at 4:11 p.m. on Sunday to the shelter at 205 3rd Ave. SE. where they found smoke in the building’s basement laundry room. The fire was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. Water damage is estimated at $5,000.
“No one was injured in the incident because the building’s fire alarm system alerted the residents to the fire, and the sprinkler system extinguished the flames,” said Capt. Aaron Peterson of the Minot Fire Department. “It’s a good reminder that maintaining proper fire protection systems can help protect life and property.”
The evacuated residents were allowed to return and the shelter was reopened after smoke was cleared from the building and the fire alarm system was reset.
The incident remains under investigation by the Minot Fire Department’s fire marshal and the Minot Police Department.