Fire in basement forces family to evacuate home

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One family has already had a rough start to their work week as a fire forced them to evacuate their home in the early morning hours on Monday.

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the Ridges home at approximately 2:15 a.m. Monday morning. Upon arriving on scene officials found all family members outside of the home and safely away from the fire in the basement.

Smoke detectors alerted the family to the fire and allowed them time to evacuate the house safely.

After entering the home, the fire department contained the fire to the lower portion of the home and had it extinguished within approximately ten minutes after arrival.

One room in the basement sustained significant damage due to the fire, while the entire home sustained significant smoke damage. The damage is estimated at $120,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family with temporary relocation and other needs.

Also, the family reported their dogs made it safely out of the home, but their cat was still missing. Crews were unable to find the cat inside the home.

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