Fire at Racquet Club Apartments

At 01:31 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 2915 Orchard Avenue. Flames rolled up the exterior of the building from the ground floor to the third floor. Several residents were displaced by the fire, with four apartments left uninhabitable. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Junction Police Department, and Clifton Fire Department all responded to assist. School District 51 provided access to Bookcliff Middle School for use as a temporary shelter.  The Red Cross responded to assist residents displaced by the fire. There were no fire related injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that working smoke detectors save lives.

GJFD Responds to Brush Fire Along the River

The Grand Junction Fire Department, Lower Valley Fire Department, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Wildland Team responded yesterday at 16:53 to a brush fire in the area of Peony Dr. along the river across from Persigo Wash. Overall, six wildland crews responded, two from each fire department, along with a GJFD Battalion Chief and GJFD Engine 5. Within thirty minutes crews had extinguished the approximately 1 acre fire, but due to heavy brush along the river teams worked for two and a half hours to ensure that all hot spots were extinguished.

Brush fires along the river are particularly dangerous for our community and fire crews. Heavy underbrush and challenging access, along with dry vegetation and windy conditions create a scenario that allows fire to spread rapidly. The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community to take extra precautions while enjoying recreation in these areas.

For more information on this incident contact the GJFD Community Outreach office at 970-549-5858 or by e-mail at gjfirepio@gjcity.org.

 

GJFD Responds to Home Fire

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The Grand Junction Fire Department responded this morning to a home fire in the 100 block of Landsdown Rd. When Engine 4 arrived on scene at 08:49 four family members and three dogs had evacuated the home safely. One person was evaluated by medical personnel.

Upon entering the home the fire was quickly isolated to the attic and extinguished in a matter of minutes. Four engine companies, one truck company, two ambulance crews, a Battalion Chief, and a Medical Officer responded to the fire. The American Red Cross of Western Colorado was dispatched to assist the family.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community to have working smoke detectors in your home and practice a home evacuation drill regularly with your family. For more information on this incident contact the GJFD Community Outreach Office at 970-549-5858 or by e-mail at gjfirepio@gjcity.org.

 

 

 

GJFD Responds to Home Fire

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The Grand Junction Fire Department Responded to a structure fire this afternoon at 12:01 in the 400 block of Niagara Cr. Upon arriving on scene Engine 2 reported smoke and flames coming from the home where the resident had evacuated.

The home owner notified law enforcement and fire personnel that three dogs and two cats were possibly still inside. One person was transported to the hospital, two dogs were safely rescued, one dog perished, and two cats are unaccounted for.

Thee engine companies, one truck, two ambulances crews, a Battalion Chief, and a medical officer responded to the fire. Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly but the home experienced significant damage.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors and have practiced an evacuation drill with their family in the last 6 months.

 

GJFD & MCSO Investigating Early Morning Fire

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At 01:13 this morning the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to an initial call describing a brush fire in the 2900 block of Parkway Drive. With a home only 25 feet away, the call was quickly reclassified as a structure fire. Upon arriving at the scene, two large trees and a fence were found engulfed in fire producing heavy smoke and threatening a home. Due to quick evacuations from residents and the efficient work of fire crews, no one was hurt in the incident and the home was not damaged.

 A Battalion Chief, Medical Officer, one ambulance and five firefighting vehicles were dispatched to the fire. Within minutes of arrival crews extinguished the fire, saving the home. The Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Sherriff’s Office are currently conducting a joint investigation of this incident to determine cause and origin of the fire.

If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-7867 (incident number 17-11894.) Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous.  

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community that when calling 9-1-1 it is helpful to try and gather as much information as possible including an exact location, approximate size of the incident, and if people or property are in immediate danger.  For additional information on the GJFD response to this event please contact the Community Outreach Office of the Fire Department at (970) 549-5858 or by e-mail at gjfirepio@gjcity.org.

GJFD Responds to Brush Fire During Burn Ban

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The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a brush fire threatening a structure at 17:35 yesterday in the 2600 block of G Rd. Fortunately no one was injured and no property was damaged. It is unknown how the fire started.

Three firefighting vehicles, including Brush Engine 4, and a Battalion Chief responded to the fire. Upon arriving on scene responders saw a large tree and surrounding brush engulfed in 10-12 foot flames. Proximity to a home, heavy underbrush, and erratic winds made this fire very concerning but crews were able to work together efficiently and quickly contain the blaze.

Yesterday, due to a high fire danger, the Mesa County Health Department issued a burn ban, prohibiting all controlled burning. During persisting dry and windy conditions, GJFD advises citizens to take precautions to protect our community. Activities like discarding cigarette butts, working with sparking machinery, or improperly securing trailer chains pose a major risk for starting brush fires. The ability of fire to spread quickly and unpredictably in these conditions should not be underestimated.

If you have questions or concerns about burn restrictions or burn permits call the Grand Junction Fire Department at (970)549-5800.

Brush Truck Acts as Engine Extinguishing Structure Fire on 27 1/2 Road

040817 012.jpgAt 21:46 the Grand Junction Fire department was dispatched to a suspected brush fire in the area of C 1/2 Road and 27 1/2 Road.  Brush 4 was dispatched and en route before new information from dispatch indicated a structure was involved.  The brush truck continued to the scene of the fire and was utilized along with four other fire apparatus that responded to the call.  The commercial structure suffered damage to a wall and portions of the roof.  The building was empty at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation; the total cost of damages is unknown.  

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that high winds and dry conditions exist in Mesa County allowing fire to spread rapidly.