Fire in downtown Grand ForksFire occurred late Saturday afternoon behind restaurant and apartment building.
By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ
Emergency vehicles filled the streets of downtown Grand Forks, following a fire that occurred near an exhaust vent behind Bonzer's Restaurant.
DAVID HENNESSEY: “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.
GRAND FORKS FIRE DEPARTMENT: “We diverted traffic to protect our people on scene. We have fire hoses lying on the street. We can't have them driven over.”
Fire personnel are still trying to determine the damage done to the building. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Grand Forks Fire Department.