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Grand Forks Fire Department responds to late afternoon apartment fire in south Grand Forks

No one was injured in the fire, according to Battalion Chief Chris Carlson, who was at the Southwind Apartment complex on 30th Avenue South. The fire call came in around 4 p.m., and fire crews remained at the scene at 6:30 p.m. The fire appeared to be contained to one ground-floor unit in the complex’s north wing, and originated in a crawlspace.

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A Grand Forks firefighter surveys the scene outside a south Grand Forks apartment after a fire broke out, on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Adam Kurtz / Grand Forks Herald

Residents were evacuated from a multi-wing apartment complex in south Grand Forks, as crews from the Grand Forks Fire Department responded to a fire on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 17

No one was injured in the fire, according to Battalion Chief Chris Carlson, who was at the Southwind Apartment complex on 30th Avenue South. The fire call came in around 4 p.m., and fire crews remained at the scene at 6:30 p.m. The fire appeared to be contained to one ground-floor unit in the complex’s north wing, and originated in a crawlspace. It took about 10 minutes to get the fire under control, Carlson said.

Carlson said residents of the complex would be able to return to their apartments later in the evening, starting with the tenants who reside in the south wing of the building. He said he did not know how many people had to be evacuated, and that it appears only one tenant will be displaced because of the fire.

“Once we get an all clear that everything is good, then everyone in the north wing will go back, too,” Carlson said.

Tenants Morgan Nelson and Brittany Judd said they were in their apartment when someone pounded on the door and told them to evacuate. They were sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot after 6 p.m., and said they were unsure when they would be allowed back into the building.

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Crews responded with multiple fire trucks, and portions of streets near the building were temporarily blocked. A command vehicle and Altru Ambulance were also at the scene.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

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