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Published January 11, 2014, 09:37 PM

An apartment fire in Grand Forks occurred Saturday Afternoon

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - We start with flames in Grand Forks.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - We start with flames in Grand Forks.

The fire occurred behind the Bonzer's restaurant downtown.

Emergency vehicles filled the streets of downtown grand forks, following a fire that occurred near an exhaust vent behind bonzers restaurant.

DAVID HENNESSEYApartment Resident: “We were just hanging out on the couch. My roommate came outside and said he smelt like camp fire smoke. I came out and the back patio was filling up with billowing smoke.”

Emergency crews responded around 4:45pm.

HENNESSEY: “I ran downstairs and saw the whole side of the building had flames on it.”

Upon arrival, nearby businesses and apartments were evacuated

HENNESSEY: “we have pets, so I ran into my apartment and got them.”

Fire crews quickly contained and extinguished the fire.

The fire also caused trouble for motorists, with traffic having to be diverted.

“We diverted traffic to protect our people on scene. We have fire hoses laying on the street. We can't have them driven over.”

Fire personel are still trying to determine the damage done to the building

The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire marshals of the Grand Forks Fire Department.