Tonight at 23:29 a woman on her way home from work called 911 to report a fire in bushes and trees near apartments in the area of 12th and Lakeside Dr. The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to find heavy fire in foliage lining most of the block with fire actively spreading to nearby apartment buildings. Incoming crews reported seeing 40 foot flames as they arrived.
Immediately, GJFD and GJPD worked to evacuate 18-20 people from three apartment buildings as other GJFD crews worked to fight the fire. One resident was ordered to shelter in place. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
All five GJFD fire suppression crews responded to the fire along with Ambulance 2, Ambulance 3, a Medical Officer, Batallion Chief, and Fire Chief Ken Watkins. Crews worked aggressively, and within 27 minutes the fire was completely out. Within 40 minutes residents were allowed to return to their homes safely.
The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community to work together to help keep neighborhoods safe. If you see a natural fire hazard in your neighborhood, work with your community to mitigate the hazard. A defensible space around your home, clear of vegitation allows fire crews to defend your property in the event of a fire. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.