GRAFTON, ND – An early morning fire damaged a multi-unit apartment building in Grafton on Monday.
There were no fatalities in the July 5 fire at 1315 Highway 81 South in Grafton, said Brad Martinson, chief of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department. There was one person injured and transported by Valley Ambulance and Rescue to Unity Hospital in Grafton, said Greg Martinson, director of the ambulance. This person was treated and released, said Brent Nelson, Walsh County emergency management manager.
The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire in the apartment building at 12:09 am on July 5. When firefighters arrived, flames and thick smoke were visible, said Brad Martinson.
Law enforcement knocked on residents’ doors to alert them to the fire, and when it was confirmed that the apartments were vacated, they helped establish a security perimeter around the building, he said. he declares.
Five of the apartment‘s 10 units and a laundry room suffered smoke, fire and water damage, he said.
The Park River (ND) Volunteer Fire Department assisted the Grafton Department, and a total of about 25 firefighters fought the blaze for about four and a half hours.
Walsh County Emergency Management Services, Grafton Police Department, Walsh County Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and Grafton Municipal Utility and Montana Utility workers- Dakota were also at the scene of the fire.
The North Dakota State Fire Marshal is investigating. the cause of the fire, said Brad Martinson.
Local American Red Cross volunteers are working with emergency management and disaster response partners, including the Salvation Army, to help families affected by the blaze, according to a press release from the organization. The teams are providing comfort, essential items such as food, clothing, shelter and medicine, and helping begin the long-term recovery process, the statement said.