Press Release- Structure Fire 1475 Blair Rd, Whitewater

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858 FAX: 970-549-5810

Press Release

Structure Fire: 1475 Blair Rd, Whitewater, CO.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sean Hazelhurst, PIO

Today’s Date: 7/25/2016

Address: 1475 Blair Rd, Whitewater, CO

Call Time: 1628 hrs.

On Scene: 1654 hrs.

The Lands End Fire Protection District and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to a commercial structure fire for reports of a metal building on fire at the listed location. The first GJFD unit on-scene received reports from a party on-scene that there was a large amount of black powder material manufactured and stored in the structures, but the party had removed a significant amount with a forklift prior to fire department units arrival. The first unit on-scene reported a structure that was fully involved and fire moving into a nearby metal storage container. Command on-scene determined that fire operations would be defensive due to no immediate life threats and the unknown amount and state of the black powder materials near the fire. After further investigation it was determined the best tactics would be to create a wider perimeter and allow the materials to burn out on their own. Command utilized the reverse 911 system to contact residents within 3/4 of a mile that evacuation was recommended, this effected approximately 6 residential properties. Mesa County Sheriffs Department Wildland units and the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad were dispatched to assist. Lands End Fire Protection District units remained on scene to monitor the fire. Blair Road was closed to all traffic during the incident.

One individual was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in serious condition with burn injuries from this incident.

The fire is currently under investigation to determine an exact cause.

Safety Note: Given current weather conditions the possibility of brush fires are a concern. A small ember from a larger fire could catch the surrounding fine dry fuels on fire and create a larger incident.

 All questions regarding this incident will be directed to the Grand Junction Fire Marshall’s Office @ 970-549-5800.