Suspect To Be Arrested In Connection With Storage Facility Fire

The one person sent to the hospital following a fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage at a grand junction storage facility last week will be arrested in connection with the blaze.

Grand Junction Police officials tell 11 News an arrest warrant has been issued for Frederick Thompson who is currently being treated at Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction for burns.

Police say careless smoking was responsible for igniting the fire at Guardian Storage that destroyed 50 units. Authorities say Thompson will be arrested once he is released from the hospital and charged with several felony offenses.

The investigation into what caused the fire at the Guardian Storage facility on 28 1/2 Road is underway, and authorities say arson is suspected.

The fire at wiped out several units and left many people's belongings in ruins. The unit Jennifer Cornish was renting
was right next to where the fire reportedly started just before 9:00 PM. She found out about the incident by her mother, who saw television news reports on it. She, like many others who arrived at the facility Thursday, found her belongings were completely destroyed.

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