At approximately 6:49 PM on Friday, December 6, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a fire at a residence on the 4000 block of Kost Drive. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate. The first arriving fire crew reported a single family home with nothing showing from the outside. The fire crew established command and went to investigate. Fire crews found smoke coming from a dryer vent on the West side of the home. Fire crews deployed fire attack hose lines and entered the home, where they encountered heavy smoke and some heat. A small fire was found and extinguished, on the lower level of the home. Additional fire crews arrived on scene and assisted with primary and secondary searches of the home, water supply, and ventilation. Two dogs were found and removed, alive, from the home and returned to the homeowner. Once the home was ventilated of smoke an overhaul operation was conducted to find and extinguish any smoldering material.
Five fire department apparatus and 14 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. Metro Area Ambulance was on scene to provide medical support. Crisis Care Chaplaincy was contacted to provide support for the home owners. The building was occupied by two pet dogs at the time of the fire. There were no injuries to the building occupants, and there were no injuries to first responders. The homeowners were displaced by the fire.
There was heavy soot damage to the main and upper levels of the home, with minor smoke damage to the lower level. Fire damage was limited to the middle level of the home. A fire investigation was conducted. The area of origin was identified as the middle level of the home. The cause of this fire has been classified as accidental. #BismarckNDGov