At 1815 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire along the West side of 4th Street between Ute and Pitkin Avenue. Truck 1 was the first unit on scene at 1820 and reported numerous structures engulfed in flames. Witnesses at the scene indicated that four of the five structures involved were boarded up and vacant. The fifth structure was occupied by one adult male who self-evacuated before fire crews arrived. GJFD units set up a defensive attack to prevent the fire from spreading. In total five structures were damaged. Two residential structures and two storage sheds are a total loss. A third residential structure sustained significant exterior damage. The blaze was extinguished at 2052.
Three engines, two ladder trucks, two ambulances, a medical officer, a Battalion Chief, an off-duty Battalion Chief, and Command Team Chief responded to the scene. The Grand Junction Police Department responded to assist with scene safety and evacuated Whitman Park due to health concerns caused by the heavy smoke. Xcel responded to secure utilities and assist with power lines. There are no known injuries and the amount of property damaged is unknown. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.
High winds spread this fire very quickly. Extreme caution is advised to all residents during the current high fire risk conditions. Burning of any kind is strongly discouraged during Red Flag Warnings. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJfirePIO@gjcity.org.