Fire officials: Racquet Club Apartment fire alarms weren't working

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Grand Junction Fire Department says it's concerned that a common fire alarm system in the Racquet Club Apartments wasn't working when a fire ripped through a center complex.

Officials say the individual battery operated smoke detector worked in the unit where the fire started, but the alarms in the hallways didn't go off to alert other residents.

The fire department says Racquet Club management told them that the batteries were dead and have since been replaced.

The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Monday and caused $275,000 in damage. A passerby reported the fire after seeing flames shoot from the roof.

The entire H Building was evacuated and third floor residents still haven't been allowed to return home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No one was injured in the blaze.

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  • by JOLE Location: Grand Junction on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    Fire Prevention is a joke I have never seen or heard of a Business or Apartment closing for being unsafe. Maybe the fire department has no guts or teeth or both to make places safe for everyone. all I ever see is a barn door policy--see why the barn doors were left open and now the horses are gone. THERE ARE FIRE CODES!!!!! ENFORCE THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by jamie Location: 2915 orchard ave on Nov 23, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    How can they have battiries and be wired to all the buildings to all go off at the same time for a big fire. I understand the individual alarms in each unit has battiries but i was told by management that the hall alarms were wired together and routed to the firestaions am i wrong but i've lived here for three years and the alarms have never worked or went off at all hours day or night. i think they really need to investigate into why this could happen so many times for the safty of all residents. My main concern is for my children and other families with children.This should not have happened if managment keep up with safty and matinance of HUD housing. Please look into this matter a bit more closley for the safty of our children. Thank you
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