The Grand Forks Fire Department responded to an apartment fire on Fourth Avenue South Monday afternoon.

The apartment is located at 826 4th Avenue South. Firefighters worked to control the blaze late in the afternoon after an emergency call was made to the fire department at about 3:20 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7.

The building includes six units; each unit is three stories, including a basement, first floor and second floor. The fire broke out in the second unit. Adjacent units appeared to be damaged.

All residents of the apartment complex were evacuated and accounted for, according to Chuck Marcott, a battalion chief with the Grand Forks Fire Department. Marcott said he is unaware of any injuries caused by the fire. The Red Cross has been alerted to the situation, and Marcott said he didn't believe residents would be allowed back into the building Monday.

The cause of the fire will be under investigation.

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"All the wheres and why will be done by our Fire Marshal's division," Marcott told the Herald late Monday. "In the upcoming hours they will do an investigation, and that probably won't be out officially until (Tuesday) or Wednesday."

When asked where the residents might stay Monday evening, Tina Rakowski, of the Red Cross Distaster Services, said "we're not exactly sure right now."



UPDATE: On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Grand Forks Fire Department battalion chief Charles Marcott told WDAY News that the apartment fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages. The department also plans on releasing the cause of the fire within the next few days.