In subzero temperatures Thursday morning, Mandan firefighters battled a blaze that had engulfed a mobile home on the 4300 block of Lasalle Drive N.W.

The Mandan Fire Department was dispatched at 3:56 a.m. Thursday, according to battalion chief Mitch Bitz. Crews arrived on scene at 4:09 a.m.

“Unfortunately, in that part of town, with our delayed response, the guys encountered heavy fire upon arrival," Bitz said.

According to Bitz, the homeowner was not home at the time and there was no one else inside.

The mobile home is a total loss, and there was a small amount of exposure damage on the neighboring garage, Bitz said.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire and another hour to make sure it was completely out. About 20 personnel — three engines and a ladder truck — responded.

Bitz said the Red Cross was not called to assist with anyone displaced from the fire, and the homeowner has been contacted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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