Two injured and several displaced after Grand Forks apartment complex fire

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- Several people in a Grand Forks apartment building have been forced out of their apartments, how long is uncertain.

Fire broke out at 321 N. 4th St. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the place to go up in flames so quickly.

"We had to go to the store this morning," neighbor Christine Pomeroy says. "I saw the barriers and I thought, 'What is that?'"

Pomeroy was having a tough time leaving her home.

Fire crews lined the streets outside.

"I looked over there and the house was just black," she says. "It was still smoking. I couldn't believe I didn't hear the fire trucks in the middle of the night."

Crews evacuated the building, rescuing two people from inside the fire.

They were taken to the hospital, but there's no word on the extent of their injuries.

As for the 18 others living in the building, the American Red Cross is trying to find them temporary homes.

"The structure is quite unstable," Grand Forks Fire Chief Gary Lorenz says."We don't want to put crews inside."

He says they don't know what caused the fire, yet.

But that it started in the basement and spread up through the building quickly, into the attic.

"We've got some hot spots up in the roof area that they are working to try and get at," Lorenz says. "It's very difficult."

Freezing and icy conditions adding onto the struggle as well.

The chief says once the hot spots are taken care of, investigators will step in.

If you are wanting to help out, give the Red Cross a call at 701-364-1800.