Fire forces family of 4 from home

A fire at a Grand Junction home Thursday morning displaced a family of four, but firefighters were able to keep damage to a minimum, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Two dozen firefighters responded to 676 28 Road just before 7 a.m. and found fire coming from the furnace, hot water heater and crawl space underneath the laundry room. Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly, leaving a small amount of structural damage near the laundry room and light smoke damage throughout the house, Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said.

A father, mother and two children escaped the home without injury. The father slowed down the fire with a fire extinguisher but couldn’t put it out, Page said. The family was unable to return to the home because of the nonfunctioning furnace.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the blaze appears to have started in combustibles stored near the furnace and hot water heater, Page said.

A fire destroyed a woodworking shop west of Carbondale on Thursday morning.

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District said it was dispatched to a fire at 2028 County Road 108 at approximately 4 a.m. The first firefighters arrived within 12 minutes, and the shop was half engulfed in flames.

No one was injured in the incident. The fire’s cause remains under investigation, and a dollar value for the building’s loss has yet to be determined.


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