Apartment Fire Forces Dozens Of Evacuations, Severe Damage

An alert apartment resident calls the Grand Junction Fire Department overnight to a fire at his apartment building that caused significant damage. Initial estimates from fire investigators put the cost of the fire at more than $100,000, but they are now saying costs could be higher. The caller was on the telephone to the fire department before smoke alarms woke others in the apartment complex.

The first personnel on the scene found fire and smoke coming from the roof in the middle of the building at 2880 Orchard Avenue in Grand Junction. The 21 firefighters were able to get control of the fire in less than an hour.

About 30 people were evacuated from their apartments. Mike Page with the Grand Junction Fire Department said they may be homeless for some time.

13 of the 30 residents evacuated from the scene spent the night in motel rooms provided by the Western Slope Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Investigators say the fire began in a ceiling fan in one of the apartments and crept into the wall and attic, but have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

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