MANDAN, N.D. — Montes and Jose Lopez could only watch Sunday afternoon, July 14, as firefighters battled a Mandan apartment fire that gave the couple little time to get out.
"I just heard the fire alarm, took her and my dog and ran," said Lopez, 33. "We lost everything."
Fire crews from Mandan and Bismarck responded to the 42-unit apartment fire on 31st Street Northwest about 12:30 p.m. No injuries were reported, according to Deputy Police Chief Lori Flaten.
"They were calling for additional crews," Flaten said. "With the heat, firefighters aren't lasting long."
The temperature in Mandan on Sunday afternoon was approaching 90 degrees.
It wasn't immediately clear how many people lived in the building. Displaced residents were being sheltered at the Mandan Middle School, according to Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering.
Montes said at about 3:30 p.m. they were told everyone got out of the building but that some people couldn't save their pets.
Flaten said the roof of the building was gone. She was unsure how stable the rest of the structure was.