A Grand Junction firefighter narrowly avoids injury after partly falling through a floor weakened by fire.
The firefighter was one of 19 attempting to put out a fire at 2702 Skyline Drive.Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the house when crews arrived just after 12–30 this morning.Firefighters were attacking the fire from the inside when a second story floor began to collapse,and a firefighter fell partway through.
Chief Duncan Brown was able to pull himself from ther hole on his own and was not hurt, but firefighting efforts were moved outside after the incident for safety reasons. Outside walls of the home were opened using chainsaws and crews were then able to put out the fire.
Seven people live in the home but were on a trip when the fire happened.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but arson is not suspected.
Damages are estimated at 200–thousand dollars but are expected to climb.