Williston Fire Department responds to residential structure fire

(WILLISTON) -- Williston firefighters battled a blaze Friday morning in the Sand Creek Estates in Williston, located in the 1800 block of 33rd Street West, resulting in one firefighter being transported to the hospital.

According to Williston Fire Department officials, the call came into the Upper Missouri River Regional Dispatch Center at 11:29 a.m. for a report of a residential structure fire.

When the first arriving crews arrived on scene, they found a pickup truck fully engulfed by fire, along with a single-wide modular home on fire and another that had heat damage. Authorities say all occupants of the structures were able to evacuate the homes safely.

Firefighters discovered that a vehicle had struck a residential gas meter, causing the fire to start. The crews on scene were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residential structure, containing damage to half of the residence. Firefighters then removed the pickup truck to fully extinguish it, bringing the fire under control at just before noon.

The ruptured gas line remained on fire until crews from Montana Dakota Utilities were safely able to locate the underground shut-off.

The department says 20 firefighters were on scene, fully extinguishing the fire at 2:15 p.m.

No civilians were injured, but one firefighter was transported to CHI St. Alexius Williston, and was treated and released for heat exhaustion.

The cause of the fire has been determined, but officials say that it has not been determined if there were any human or mechanical errors that contributed to the events leading to the incident.