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At approximately 3:27 PM on Tuesday, July 31, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a grass fire on the South side of Interstate 94, East of State Street. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate.
The first arriving fire crew reported multiple grass fires actively burning in the ditch along the South side of Interstate 94. The fire areas stretched for approximately ¼ to ¾ of a mile along the ditch. The fire crew established command, deployed a fire attack hose line and attacked the fires. An additional unit arrived on scene and positioned on the opposite end of the fire area and began fire attack. Once the grass fires were extinguished, the fire crews conducted a mop up operation to extinguish any smoldering materials.
Two fire department apparatus and six firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department assisted with scene control. There were no injuries to firefighters. There was no damage to property. The fire was started by a mower that was cutting grass along the ditch. This fire has been classified as accidental.
At approximately 6:27 PM on Tuesday, July 31, the Central Dakota Communication Center received a report of a fire alarm indicating a fire sprinkler system activation, at a building on the 1200 block of Frontier Drive. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate.
The first arriving fire crew reported a single story commercial structure with nothing showing from the outside. The fire crew established command and went to investigate. The investigating fire crew encountered smoke in the warehouse area of the building and requested additional resources. The fire crew found that a sprinkler head had activated and contained a fire in the laundry area of the building. A fire attack hose line was deployed to extinguish the fire. Additional fire units arrived on scene and were assigned to assist with building ventilation and overhaul of the burned materials.
Four fire department apparatus and 15 firefighters responded to the scene. Damage was limited to some baskets of fabrics and some cotton mop heads. There was no damage to the structure. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries to firefighters. The fire started in some nylon slings that held laundered towels and mop heads. This fire has been classified as accidental.
This building houses a commercial laundering operation. The fire sprinkler system activation contained the fire to the area of origin and prevented the fire from spreading. The fire alarm system, which is remotely monitored, alerted the fire department that there was a fire sprinkler activation at the building. Without these systems in place the fire damage to this property would most likely have been substantial.