Fire damages two townhomes

Crews from the Grand Junction Fire Department mop up after a fire in a townhome complex Saturday morning on Orchard Mesa.

Two townhome units were heavily damaged after a fire swept through a complex Saturday morning at 250 Beacon Court on Orchard Mesa, just steps from busy B 1/2 Road.

Fire crews from the Grand Junction Fire Department arrived on scene shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday and reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building.

Witnesses said a man believed to live in one of the units was trying to put out the fire with a garden hose when firefighters arrived. A woman and baby thought to live in the other damaged unit escaped without injury, fire officials said.

There were no reported injuries of either residents or emergency personnel, though a cat was found dead in the fire. A dog was rescued without harm, officials said.

“It was in the backyard exterior (area), ran up the side of the house, and then moved interior. I think it came through the attic for the most part,” said Fire Department spokesman Derek Trombetta.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Along with fire response personnel, workers from Xcel Energy were also on-scene checking exterior meters and other equipment connected with the complex.

A neighbor, Toni McCann, said she assisted the woman and baby after they fled the burning building. She said she believed the mother had recently moved into the townhome with her family.

“She got out with just her robe on, and holding her baby — that was it,” McCann said. “I gave her diapers for her baby.” McCann characterized the fleeing mother as “very scared.”

As for the fire, McCann said, “I heard kind of a loud noise like a boom, and then there was another boom, and then the whole thing just went up and siding started like melting. Within a matter of minutes, the whole back of it was on fire.”

Neighbors and onlookers gathered on the sidewalk along B 1/2 Road, just steps from the back of the townhome building in flames. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a third unit in the building.


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