At 10:06 PM The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of a dumpster fire threatening a multi-story residential complex in the 1600 block of North Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found a dumpster on fire, next to the complex. Grand Junction Police Department assisted with evacuation of the complex while fire crews extinguished the fire. At this time there was no known damage to the complex and residents were allowed to return to the their apartments quickly. After the fire was extinguished crews conducted an investigation and were unable to determine the cause of the fire and found no suspicious evidence. This incident helps to serve as a reminder that placing any hot items such as fire place ashes or cigarettes in trash cans can cause fires with potentially disastrous results.
GJFD initially responded with two trucks, two engines, two ambulances, a Battalion Chief, and a Medical Officer due to initial reports that the structure was involved. Upon the first units’ arrival, they were able to cancel other responding units due to the nature of the fire and its location. In addition to evacuations, GJPD assisted with traffic control, interviewing parties.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org. Let’s be careful out there.