Jake Steen was on his way to work Monday morning when a fire claimed his family’s home.
His 12-year-old son was home by himself and escaped the blaze but was treated by ambulance staff and taken to a hospital. Steen’s wife was at work at the time of the 5:30 a.m. fire, he said.
“Haven’t really gotten to do anything, just been talking to people,” Steen said Monday afternoon, sorting through salvaged items in the yard of his family’s blackened mobile home on the 700 block of South 12th Street in Bismarck.
He said he doesn’t immediately know what his family will do for living arrangements. His son is doing well, he added, while the family is emotional right now.
Steen said his family’s home will likely be torn out. Most of its contents were destroyed, but some items in a back room survived.
Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the cause of the fire is unknown but is under investigation. Steen said it apparently started in the home's living room or kitchen.
Sixteen firefighters and six apparatus responded, according to Bismarck city staff. Police assisted with scene control as firefighters cleared the residence and extinguished the blaze.
The Bismarck Fire Department chaplain was called to support the displaced family. The Red Cross is assisting them as well.