Fire Causes $10,000 in Damage to Downtown Grand Junction Home

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A pregnant woman and her roommates are without a home Saturday after a fire ripped through their attic, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The homeowner, who asked 11 News to call her Sky, says the start to her Saturday morning was uneventful -- she went upstairs to have breakfast, said she wasn't feeling well, then went back to her room to lie down. But just after 11:00am, things got a little crazier.

"Next thing I know, one of my roommates ran downstairs and was like, Sky, you gotta get out, the house is on fire," said Sky.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says it received several reports that smoke was pouring out of the roof at Sky's Pitkin Avenue house.

"I could see the smoke from the fire station when I pulled out," said Battalion Chief John Williams of the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Sky says she and her roommates had no clue anything was going on right above them and is thankful someone walking in the area let them know.

"I'm glad that I got out because that wouldn't be good for my two other kids if something bad happened to me," said Sky.

Authorities shut down Pitkin from 3rd Street to 4th Street while crews worked to put the fire out. Officials say they found very little smoke and no flames throughout most of the house -- until they got to the attic. Once crews found the fire and cut a ventilation hole in the roof, officials say the fire was knocked out quickly.

"We had to open up the ceiling in one of the rooms, so no one will probably want to be in there for a while," said Williams. "But my guess is the rest of the house will be okay."

While Sky says she's glad to hear there's a good chance she can still live in her home, she says the fire couldn't have come at a worst time.

"I was just getting ready to rent this house out," said Sky. "I was getting ready to take it over because the other people renting it were getting evicted. So that kind of sucks for me because now I gotta find a different place to stay or repair it."

But while the expectant mother is left figuring out what comes next, she says she's just thankful she and her roommates made it away unharmed.

"I'm in a good mood considering the circumstances," said Sky.

Fire officials estimate damage to the home at $10,000. The cause is under investigation.

The Red Cross was called to help Sky and her roommates.

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