Bismarck, ND – At approximately 7:05 PM on Thursday, February 24, the Central Dakota Communications Center received a report of a house on fire at the 1000 block of North Parkview Drive. The Bismarck Fire Department was dispatched to investigate. The first arriving fire crew arrived on scene to find a single-family home with smoke showing from the eves of the roof.
The fire crew established command and confirmed that the house was evacuated and that the occupants were sheltering in a neighbor’s garage. Command identified that the fire was in the basement of the home. The first fire crew were assigned to stretch hose lines to attack the fire from the exterior through basement level windows, while a second fire crew entered the house and attacked the fire in the basement. As more fire crews arrived on-scene they were assigned to establish a water supply, check the rest of the home for fire extension, and assist with fire extinguishment. Once the fire was extinguished, the home was ventilated of smoke and a salvage & overhaul operation was conducted to find and put out any remaining fire.
Seven fire department apparatus and 21 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. The Bismarck Police Department assisted with scene control. Metro Area Ambulance was on scene for medical support. MDU was called to the scene to secure utilities. Crisis Care Chaplaincy provided support to the occupants of the home. There were no injuries to the building occupants or to first responders. There was extensive fire damage to the basement level, and smoke and heat damage throughout the remainder of the house. The occupants of the home were displaced by the fire. The cause of this fire is under investigation.