House fire on the Redlands

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A harrowing scene from the Redlands Friday morning, as a home goes up in flames.

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of visible flames coming from a home at 2110 Desert Hill Road on the Redlands. Upon arriving, the structure was fully involved.

Scanner traffic indicates the crew took a defensive strategy at first to fight the fire, in lieu of sending firefighters into the building.

But were able to get into the structure and fight a few major parts of the fire from inside.

According to a member of the Grand Junction Fire Department there was a person inside the house when they arrived on scene, but they were able to exit safely. No other injuries have been reported.

Our reporter on-scene says the house is pretty well destroyed, and although the GJFD has a good handle on the fire as of 12:00 p.m. they are still working to put it out completely. There are still active flames in difficult-to-reach places.

Matt Carson from the Grand Junction Fire Department said getting water sources to the home was difficult due to limited access and crews were forced to use water from a nearby pond.

"We had heavy fire from the exterior of the structure that had also started venting out one of the windows at the back of the structure and it extended to the side of the house, so we went in from the inside to knock most of the fire out,” said Carson.

No information regarding the total cost of the damage or how the fire started has been released at this time.

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