At 14:50 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of heavy smoke at 29 Mile Apartments. Crews searched all three levels of the building and evacuated approximately 30 adults, children, and pets. After searching every apartment, it was determined that everyone was safe and accounted for.
Four GJFD engines and one truck responded to the call along with two ambulances, a medical officer and a Battalion Chief. Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with the evacuation and traffic control.
After clearing the building, crews determined that the source of the smoke was a cooking fire on the first floor. Residents were allowed to return to their apartments after the smoke had cleared. Damage was isolated to doors that had been forced open while crews searched for and evacuated the residents.
Never leave cooking unattended, even for a short amount of time. Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every level of your home, and practice a fire evacuation drill with your family. For more information on this event, contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org, or by phone at (970)549-5858.