Access hinders crews as empty house burns

Grand Junction firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed an abandoned house at 2473 G Road early this morning. The fire began around midnight, and was difficult to extinguish due to limited access across a deep ditch along G Road.

A fire destroyed an abandoned house near 24 3/4 and G roads early morning Saturday.

Firefighters were dispatched at 12:01 a.m. to 2473 G Road, where they found “an unmaintained, vacant house, fully involved in fire,” the Grand Junction Fire Department said in a news release.

Access to the house was limited because of a deep drainage canal between G Road and the house, and there was no maintained access point to the property, the Fire Department said.

Also, the building was in “such poor condition and so involved in fire, the crews could not get close enough to safely fight the fire.”

The fire generated a large amount of flying embers, so firefighters patrolled a nearby subdivision to make sure the fire didn’t spread to homes there. Firefighters extinguished the fire at 3 a.m.

The Fire Department said it is investigating the cause of the fire and had not determined the cost of damage to the house.


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