A fire broke out at Northport senior living apartment complex around 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10. According to North Sioux City officials, the unconfirmed cause of the fire was lightning as a large lightning storm passed through the area at that same time. However, that official determination will come after further investigation.

All 17 residents who were home at the time of the fire were safely evacuated, including one person’s cat. Another cat, however, was unable to be located and the police had to give up looking as smoke was filling the building. Residents who were evacuated sought shelter in the community room of the building next door. Around 1 p.m. the Salvation Army brought food for the displaced residents. The Red Cross is helping with placement.

The North Sioux City Fire Department was assisted by Sergeant Bluff Fire and Rescue, Sioux City Fire Rescue and the 185th Fire Department. Around 3 to 4 p.m., the fire was down with few kindlings still burning. While watching these spots, the North Sioux City fire fighters went inside the apartments to see if any belongings could be retrieved for residents.