Residents return to evacuated North Dakota apartments

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2017 1:10 PM

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Residents of a North Dakota apartment building that suffered five electrical fires in three days are allowed back home.

The Minot Daily News ( ) reports that residents of the 152 units in North Highlands Apartments in Minot were permitted to return Friday, following repairs and a final inspection.

City Fire Marshal Brian Anderson issued an evacuation order July 12.

The first fire happened when water entered the building through a leak in the foundation and compromised the electrical system in the elevator equipment room. That was followed by four fires in electric clothes dryers.

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Anderson says the underground wiring and service main breakers will be replaced. He has said no one is to blame for the fires.

A North Highlands representative apologized to residents and said their patience was appreciated.