At 10:11 AM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of a mobile home on fire in the area of 2800 Texas Avenue. When crews arrived on scene they found smoke coming from the windows and roof of the home. The first crew on scene was able to search the home and find that no people were home, but they were able to rescue two dogs from the home. A third dog was rescued that appeared to have recently escaped the home. The two dogs rescued from the home were given oxygen and cooled off until their breathing returned to normal and they were able to walk on their own. All three animals were given to Mesa County Animal Services. While not immediately present, the homeowner was contacted at a later time and given support by Victim Advocates and the American Red Cross. No people were injured at the fire but the home sustained extensive damage.
Grand Junction Fire Department responded with Engine 2, Engine 4, Engine 5, Truck 1, Truck 3, Ambulance 1, Ambulance 3, A Battalion Chief, a Medical Officer, and a Deputy Chief. Grand Junction Police Department responded and provided traffic control and Victim Advocates. The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the family displaced by the fire. Mesa County Animal Services was able to provide safe transportation and care for the three dogs. Excel Energy responded to secure utilities at the home after the fire. It was determined that the fire was accidental and began in the kitchen of the home.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.