The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to two structure fires last night. At 11:22 PM GJFD was dispatched to a structure fire on the 600 block of North Avenue. The caller described a wall on fire near the front door of the home. The flames were quickly extinguished and crews verified that the fire had not spread using a thermal imaging camera after removing portions of the exterior wall. The home was turned over to the property manager. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.
GJFD was dispatched to the second fire on the 200 block of Beaver Street at 1:08 AM. The residents were awakened by the smell of smoke and discovered that a wood pile laying against the exterior of the home had ignited. The resident, barefoot and wearing only pajamas, was able to extinguish the flames before fire crews arrived at 1:13 AM. Flames had charred an approximately 12 square foot area on the exterior of the home. Fire crews removed portions of overhanging eves to ensure the fire had not spread to the attic. After removing smoke from the structure with fans and ensuring that no harmful gasses were present the structure was turned over to the residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries.
Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place for Mesa County. Once a fire starts it has the potential to spread quickly out of control. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJfirePIO@gjcity.org.