Battery overheats at sheriff’s office, small fire causes $50,000 in damage

By SENTINEL STAFF

A small fire involving an overheated battery left damage estimated at $50,000 early Friday morning in a room at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Mike Page, Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters were called at 2:06 a.m. after a deputy noticed a battery sitting in a portable charger starting to smolder.

The deputy tried to douse the battery with a fire extinguisher, Page said.

Page said the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived on scene.

An overhead sprinkler system activated during the fire.

The battery was situated on a deputy’s desk.

The damage, mostly from water in a ceiling panel and on carpet, was largely isolated to one room, Page said.


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