Extensive damage at Elim Rehab & Care Center after massive fire

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- A massive fire wreaked havoc at an assisted living facility in Fargo near University Dr. S.

The call came in Thursday around 3 p.m. At the time, there were more than 100 residents, close to three dozen children and staff members inside.

Residents have been on the move and firefighters are trying to get things cleaned up.

Around 7 p.m. crews say they finally knocked the fire out. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

They are also trying to get power and heat restored to the south side of the building to get residents back home as soon as possible.

The damages are limited to the north side of the building, but they are extensive. Crews say, they don't know when people will be let back inside.

The four-alarm fire fight included 11 trucks and crews, 30 paramedics and six ambulances.

Flames were first spotted near the day care facility in the attic and spread, causing a portion of the roof to collapse.

Kenize Johnson is a receptionist at Elim. She was on her way to work like any other day when she pulled up to the scene.

"I got a call and they said, 'Elim is on fire.' I was like, 'What?'" Johnson recalls. "I just drove by because I was supposed to go to work and I didn't know what to do. Then I got here and saw it. It was kind of crazy."

Disbelief, shock and fear. Many gathered outside watching crews knock down the flames.

Fargo's fire chief credited all involved. Despite the property damage, no on was hurt.

"They had a plan in place. They implemented it. They practiced it. It worked flawlessly this afternoon," Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen says. "They did a great job. Commendations to them."