At 11:13 AM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a home on fire in the 400 block of Dressell Drive. When crews arrived on scene they found a small storage shed fully engulfed in flames with fire actively spreading into the nearby home. Neighbors had alerted residents to the fire and quickly called 9-1-1 giving the family time to safely evacuate the home. One person was evaluated by GJFD for possible injuries but was not transported to a hospital. Firefighters were able to make a quick attack on the fire and stop it from spreading to the home. The exterior of the home had significant damage on the side nearest the fire, with some smoke and water damage on the interior of the home.
GJFD responded with Engine 5, Truck 1, Engine 3, Engine 4, Ambulance 7, a Battalion Chief, and a Medical Officer. Due to the lack of available fire hydrants in the neighborhood, the Engine 3 crew went and secured the 2,000-gallon Water Tender from Station 5 nearby to supply additional water for the engines on scene. GJPD responded to assist with traffic control, and dispatched a victim advocate to assist the family. The American Red Cross also responded to help the family with their immediate recovery needs. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@GJcity.org