At 7:55 PM Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a fire in an apartment on the 200 block of Belford Avenue. The reporting party could see a glow coming from inside the apartment. While GJFD responded with lights and sirens the caller reported hearing the sound of breaking glass from inside the apartment and the fire appeared to be dying down. When GJFD arrived at 8:01 PM there was only a light smoke visible. Crews entering the apartment reported the interior was heavily damaged but the fire had mostly self-extinguished. Crews entered the apartment and cooled the remaining fire to prevent rekindling, and searched for any fire hiding in the walls or ceiling. The doors to the apartment remained closed and prevented flames from spreading beyond the interior. The fire was extinguished by 8:09 PM. One cat died in the fire. There are no known injuries. The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation.
Grand Junction Fire Department responded with Truck 1, Truck 6, Engine 3, Engine 5, Ambulance 1, Ambulance 3, and a Battalion Chief. GJPD responded and assisted with scene safety and traffic control. The American Red Cross assisted two adults displaced by the fire. Mesa County Animal Control also responded to assist.
For more information on this incident, contact the Community Outreach Office at 970-549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.