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Published May 15, 2013, 02:50 PM

Apartment catches fire in downtown Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An apartment fire in downtown Bismarck forced the evacuation of surrounding buildings but no one was injured.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An apartment fire in downtown Bismarck forced the evacuation of surrounding buildings but no one was injured.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 18-unit building on Third Street caught fire around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire Chief Joel Boesflug says the blaze likely started in the southeast corner of the building's second floor and spread to the roof. Its cause remains under investigation.

The circa-1916 building, called the Norma, was damaged.

The American Red Cross was on the scene to provide food and clothing and help residents find a place to spend the night. Firefighters hope that most residents can move back into the building Thursday once it has been fully cleaned.

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