Early Morning Church Fire Destroys Building

An early morning fire in Grand Junction causes more than a million dollars in damage to a church building.

The fire broke out around 4:30 Monday morning in the St. Joseph Catholic Church gymnasium building. The nearly century-old gymnasium building is now used for meetings and was unooccupied at the time.

Firefighters from Clifton assisted some 30 Grand Junction firefighters at the scene. An interior fire attack was intiated, but when the fire broke through the roof firefighters were forced to exit the building and take a more defensive approach.

Firefighting was also complicated by a water line on Grand Avenue that broke due to the high waterpressures firefighters needed. It took more than four hours to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, foul play is not suspected. No firefighters were injured.
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