UPDATE: At 12:52 PM Saturday GJFD again responded to the home to extinguish a small rekindle of the fire. Everyone is safe. Crews combed through the home to ensure anything showing heat was taken care of.
At 6:47 PM Friday the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of a home on fire in the 2100 block of 1st Street due to a lightning strike. Fire crews throughout the city were responding to similar reports from the passing storm. Engine 4 was able to complete a prior fire call and arrive first on scene of the home fire. When crews arrived they found that the attic of the home showing light brown smoke. Neighbors had alerted the resident of the home to the fire and they had safely evacuated. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the home. An investigation of the origin and cause of the fire along with witness interviews determined that the fire was caused by a lightning strike to the roof of the home.
GJFD responded with Engine 4, Truck 3, Truck 1, Engine 5, a Battalion Chief, Ambulance 1, Ambulance 2, and Ambulance 3. GJPD responded to assist with traffic and scene control, and the American Red Cross responded to assist the resident who was temporarily displaced by the fire.
For questions concerning this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (960)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.