At 13:13 this afternoon the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a fully involved fire at a home in the 110 block of Columbine Dr. in the Redlands. Five people have been displaced from the home, but everyone is safe. The Red Cross responded to help them with their immediate needs.
All five GJFD firefighting truck and engine crews responded to the blaze along with one ambulance and a Batallion Chief. Even with every resource aggressively attacking the fire, the extent of the damage is a testament to how high the fire danger currently is in Grand Junction. Spokesperson Ellis Thompson-Ellis said, “Today’s fire is a reminder that everything in our valley is a high fire danger right now, including homes. We are seeing very intense and fast-paced home fires in our valley in the last few weeks. While the cause of this fire is unknown right now, this just shows how quickly one spark or one careless action could have serious consequences for an entire neighborhood.”
The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community that under stage 1 fire restrictions personal use of fireworks, smoking within six feet of combustible materials, and using explosive targets are prohibited. Working with hot machinery also poses a high fire risk. Conditions are primed for rapid fire spread and only the smart and responsible actions of community members can prevent fires from happening. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.