WAHPETON, N.D. — Four people, including a mother and two children, have been forced from their home after an apartment caught fire in downtown Wahpeton, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 9.

Nearly 30 firefighters responded to a 1:27 p.m. call about a fire at a 100-year-old building on Dakota Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets, the Wahpeton Fire Department said. The fire started in a second floor apartment.

A witness said the fire was barely noticeable at first, but suddenly erupted from the building.

"All of a sudden the window blows open," said John Greene, an attorney who works across the street from the building. "The next thing I know . . . the flames really take off and are blasting out of that window."

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The Red Cross has put the four displaced by the fire in a hotel.

Kids Connection, Kinship Youth Mentoring and Three Rivers Crisis Center are in the same building. Some employees from neighboring businesses had to evacuate.

Fire crews said there was smoke damage to the rest of the building and water damage below the apartment unit. The apartment was a total loss, firefighters said.

Nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.