At 5:12 AM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire in the 200 block of West Hanover Circle. The initial call came in as a residential structure fire with possible explosions. Engine 4 was the first crew on scene and found a small, single-story residence with light smoke showing from the garage. The residents had evacuated the home prior to Fire Department arrival. Engine 4 stretched an attack line and was making entry into the home for search and fire control when an explosion occurred. The garage door was blown from the front of the structure with all three firefighters on the hose line knocked to ground. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. All firefighting operations remained outside of the home after the explosion and the fire was contained to the single residence. The fire was under control and crews cleared the scene at 10:35 AM. The fire is under investigation.
GJFD responded with 1 ambulance, 2 engines, 2 trucks, a Battalion Chief, and a Deputy Chief. Mesa County Sheriff’s Department was on scene for traffic control and scene safety. Victim Advocate Services, and American Red Cross were also on scene with 5 people and 1 dog displaced by the fire.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5900 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.