At 11:27 AM a passerby called 911 to report smoke seen coming from a home in the 800 block of 24 Rd. When Grand Junction Fire Department crews got on scene at 11:31 AM they saw heavy smoke and flames around the roof of the home. An initial search and information from people on scene indicated that no one was inside the home at the time of the fire. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. Two dogs were located in the back yard a safe distance from the home and were unharmed.
GJFD responded to the incident with two trucks, three engines, two ambulances, a Medical Officer, a Battalion Chief, and Fire Chief Ken Watkins. Lower Valley Fire Department also responded to the fire with one engine crew. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control and scene security while 24 Road was shut down between H and I Roads. Excel Energy responded to disconnect power from the home. Mesa County Animal Services responded to assist with the family pets. Mesa County Victim Advocate Volunteers and the American Red Cross responded to provide services for two displaced adults and two children. The home had extensive damage due to the fire, including a partial collapse of the roof. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org, or by phone at (970)549-5858.