Three people are without a home today after a Friday fire tore through their home.
The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 829 West Main with 5 trucks and 15 personnel initially and requested another engine and ambulance to the scene on arrival for a total of 7 units and 21 personnel on scene. First unit on scene found heavy fire involvement of the structure on the south side of the home. The house contained two living units, the main floor where the owner and his wife live and a small apartment on the second level with one occupant. The upper level apartment was added to the building by remodeling the attic area. Limited access to the attic contributed to the spread of fire into concealed spaces of the structure and eventually a second build-up of fire that necessitated the removal of firefighters from the inside. At that time operations turned from an offensive operation into a defensive operation where extinguishment is accomplished from the outside without risking the lives of firefighters.
Both occupants of the lower level were at home at the time of the fire and were able to get out without injury. The occupant on the second level was not at home at the time of the fire and returned while firefighters were on scene. A second structure on the property was damaged on the exterior due to the fire. The occupant of that structure was not home at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. Damage is listed at over $100,000.00 to structure and contents. There were no injuries due to the fire.