Man arrested for endangerment in Bismarck apartment fire

September 30, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in connection with a fire at an apartment complex in Bismarck Thursday.

Firefighters responded to a fire at the three-story apartment building about 5 a.m. As tenants were being evacuated, the 33-year-old man who was later arrested was found on his balcony.

As the fire was investigated, police say it was determined the man was allegedly boiling cooking oil. He told investigators he planned throw the oil on gang members who were trying to enter his apartment.

Officers had responded to the apartment building on Wednesday night on a call about three or four gang members who were trying to get in the man’s apartment. Police were unable to find any evidence that this occurred.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire, which was contained to one apartment.

The man is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center on a probable charge of endangerment by fire.