Sheriff’s office: Cause and origin of Rosevale Fire found

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The fire that burned 10 acres, destroying a home and multiple other buildings started when someone was trying to fix a flat tire on a riding lawnmower and a spark ignited nearby tall grass.

According to a press release from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Rosevale Fire started on a property on the 2500 block of D Road. A person who claimed responsibility for the fire came forward with an account of what happened, and the sheriff’s office says that account is consistent with eyewitness statements and evidence.

MCSO said the person responsible tried to stop the fire while neighbors called 911. The dry conditions and high winds turned a spark into the out of control fire.

The case will be sent to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office, and they will decide on an appropriate charge. The sheriff’s office said no one has been arrested at this time, and the person’s name will be released once charges are filed.

The sheriff’s office isn’t looking for any more information from the public about the fire.

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