Windy conditions kept smoke low and thick making visibility difficult in an apartment fire Friday that left some families displaced.
Minden Fire Chief Kip Mourad said cause of the fire is still unknown but investigators feel sure it started in the bedroom of one of the apartments in a complex located between Pine and Miller streets.
"There were four apartments in that group that share a common attic," Mourad said. "It was heavy damage to one apartment, heavy smoke damage to the other three and heavy damage to the attic."
Mourad said the persons living in the apartment where the fire started said they had not been there in two weeks.
"They just turned the electricity back on that morning," he said. "The people told us they hadn't even been in the apartment yet since then."
Mourad said the apartment manager told him Friday he planned to move the other occupants into a vacant apartment.
The Minden Fire Department responded around 10:20 a.m. and left the scene approximately two and a half hours later. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.
In an unrelated call, the department responded to an alarm at Minden Medical Center Friday afternoon.
Mourad said a wall plug in a room on the third floor sparked and caught fire.
"The hospital employees did a great job of getting things out of the room and taking control until we got there," the chief said. "No one was evacuated, but they did move patients and employees to another floor."