Duplex resident safely escapes fire

Grand Junction firefighters examine damage at the scene of an early morning fire Friday at 446 N. 22nd St. The blaze destroyed one unit of the duplex, and residents of four other units in the complex were evacuated. No one was injured.



A fire in the early morning hours Friday ripped through half of a duplex at 446 N. 22nd St., forcing the evacuation of at least four other apartments in the immediate area.

The Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly before 4 a.m. Friday, arriving to find heavy fire and smoke. The apartment on the other side of the duplex on fire suffered only light smoke damage, according to fire officials.

The woman who lives in the apartment that caught fire was able to get out safely and told responders that no smoke detector activated from the fire.

Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said that investigators were not able to determine if there was a smoke detector in the woman’s apartment. The woman was the person who called 911 to report the blaze.

The other apartment in the duplex unit was unoccupied and undergoing remodeling at the time of the fire, according to the Fire Department.

Other apartments in the immediate area had minor smoke damage.

Fire officials said that one person was checked on scene for smoke inhalation but was not taken to a hospital. No one else, including firefighters, was injured in the blaze.

The cause is under investigation.


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