North Dakota News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Suspicious smell prompts evacuation at North Dakota State University library

A suspicious smell prompted a brief evacuation at North Dakota State University on Monday, Feb. 20. Fire crews responded to reports of a natural gas odor about 2:30 p.m. at the NDSU library. They cleared everyone out of the building as a precaution. Firefighters soon discovered the odor was actually sewer smell. They say both dried out sewer traps and natural gas smell like rotten eggs. "About this time of the year, we start getting a few of these where it sat all winter and no water running inside of the trap, so they dry out," said Battalion Chief Lee Soeth of the Fargo Fire Department. One person complaining of dizziness was checked and cleared by paramedics.

Fire destroys Bismarck apartment

A fire destroyed an apartment on the 1400 block of North 22nd Street just after 2:30 this afternoon, according to a Bismarck Fire Department official. Firefighters put the fire out fairly quickly, but stuck around for several hours to make sure it didn't reignite. Authorities say the fire did not damage the other three apartments in the building. Fortunately, everyone made it out of the building and no one was injured. 16 emergency responders helped in the effort.
KNDX-TV MyFox Bismarck

Friday, February 17, 2017

Grants allow Minot fire department to better prepare residents

The City of Minot has received a $5,000 Hess Corporation grant and an $8,000 grant from the Minot Area Community Foundation to provide realistic fire extinguisher training to Minot residents. The new system is known as BullEx, a digital fire extinguisher training system, according to a press release from the city. The system is small and portable and is designed to function exactly like an active fire, with tools that function like a fire extinguisher. “It works like a video game,” says Fire Marshal Brian Andersen in the press release. “The animated flames are life-like and the artificial smoke can fill a room. It’s great we managed to receive the funds to have this handy for the community.”
Minot Daily News

Fire damages mobile home in Wahpeton

Firefighters quickly contained a mobile home fire in Wahpeton Thursday afternoon. No one was home when the fire broke out at around 3:30 pm in the Wahpeton Mobile Home Park. Firefighters say damage to the mobile home was moderate. The cause is believed to be a wood stove.

Another Sold Out Jamestown Rural Fire Department Fishing Derby Planned Saturday

The ice is expected to be full Saturday afternoon during the 9th Annual Jamestown Rural Fire Department fishing derby. The event started 9 years ago when a member of the JRFD thought it would be a great event to put on in the community. Ben Maulding is the Fire Chief for the Jamestown Rural Fire Department. He says the rule meeting will be held tonight at 7 PM at KC Hall in Jamestown. It’s then an early start Saturday for the department. Maulding stated that the parking lot on top of the hill will not be available for parking this year, so participants are asked to just park along the road. The event is a fundraiser for the JRFD. Prizes will be awarded for largest walleye, northern, perch, and crappie.

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