Today Fire departments across Mesa County responded to numerous brush fires caused by burning that spread out of control. By 1600 this evening The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to four brush fires with the Lower Valley Fire Department and Clifton Fire Department responding to two each.
At 1240, between brush fires, the Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to a Structure fire on the 900 block of Grand Avenue. The first unit on scene reported smoke and flames showing on the South side of a two story structure with a basement. Individuals calling dispatch could not confirm that all occupants had been able to evacuate the structure. Crews from Engine 3 entered the building to search for occupants while the Engine 2 crew secured a water supply. By 1321 crews had completed a primary and secondary search and determined that all occupants had been accounted for. In total 16 adults were displaced due to damage from the fire. There were no injuries. The fire was knocked down by 1309; crews remained inside the structure opening walls and searching for indications that the fire had spread throughout the home. The last unit on scene cleared at 1619.
Four GJFD engines responded to the call along with two ambulances, a medical officer, and Battalion Chief. In addition, two off duty Battalion Chiefs and Command Team Chief responded to assist. The Grand Junction Police Department responded for traffic control. A GJPD Victim Advocate was dispatched to assist individuals displaced by the fire.
For more information on this event, contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org, or by phone at (970)549-5858.