Shed engulfed in flames after reported explosion

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- An reported explosion rocks a neighborhood near North Avenue.

Grand Junction Fire Department Battalion Chief Duncan Brown says just before 11 a.m. Friday, people told 911 that they heard explosions on the property at 522 28 1/4 Road.

The man who was renting the property said he was working outside when something sparked the shed. It was so fast, he said, and he just had time to grab Wiener dog and run before the whole thing was on fire.

When fire crews arrived, they found a large shed fully engulfed in flames. Brown says the shed held equipment and appliances.

Firefighters took a defensive strategy and were able to control the fire. Now, they are working on mop up and investigating the cause.

Police blocked off 28 1/4 Road between North and Orchard avenues for a few hours while metals continued to smolder inside.

Xcel workers were called out to the scene to turn off utilities to the shed.

Twenty-one firefighters from GJFD and Clifton Fire were called out to fight the blaze, using seven trucks.

A Star Tek employee who called into KKCO said while she didn't see anything, her coworkers reported flames that reached higher than the trees.

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