The Williston Fire Department was dispatched to the 6400 block of 2nd Avenue East at 1:11 AM by the Upper Missouri River Regional Dispatch Center for a report of smoke in a residential structure.

The City of Williston Fire Department was activated for a residential 1st alarm response, which includes the response of one fire engine, a ladder truck, and members of the paid on-call staff.

The City of Williston Police Department was also dispatched to provide traffic control and scene security.

Truck 2, from fire station #2, was the first arriving apparatus at 1:19 AM. The crews arrived on the scene to find a single-story residential structure with a basement. Smoke was coming from the basement and starting to fill the main floor.

All occupants of the home had self-evacuated prior to WFD's arrival on the scene. While exiting the structure, the homeowner isolated the electrical sources to the affected area and applied water to the fire.

When Truck 2 arrived on the scene, they entered the home, located the fire's source in the basement, and fully extinguished it. The crews worked to evacuate smoke from the residence and isolate utilities.

Units responding to the scene included Truck 2, Engine 3, Medic 3, and command staff. All units returned to service at 03:38 AM. No injuries were reported.

The WFD Fire Prevention Division was dispatched to the scene to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. The fire has been determined to be electrical in nature and unintentional/accidental.

The home's occupants were alerted of the incident by the smell of smoke and an activated home smoke detector.

WFD encourages all homes to have home smoke detectors installed and test them monthly. Smoke detectors can be purchased from many major retailers. Smoke detectors can also be professionally installed and hardwired into a home's electrical system. Hardwired systems will often activate all smoke detectors in a home from a single activation point. Many home security systems also provide third-party monitoring of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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