Fire damages historic downtown home

A family of four was homeless Friday after a fire ripped through a historic, downtown Grand Junction home.

Thick plumes of black smoke billowed around 8:30 a.m. from a two-story residence at 417 N. Seventh St., where 18 firefighters responded to fight the blaze. Firefighters were mopping up by 9 a.m.

Grand Junction Fire Department Capt. Gus Hendricks said the fire started in a room on the first floor and spread to a second room.

Four people were home at the time, while children alerted others to the blaze and called 911, Hendricks said.

There were no injuries, although one person was treated for smoke inhalation, and several cats and birds were unaccounted for.

“The homeowner left the doors open so the cats could get out,” Hendricks said.

The cause wasn’t immediately known.

Hendricks said the home sustained heavy smoke damage and will be uninhabitable for the near future. Two rooms had extensive fire damage, he said.

According to the Mesa County Assessor’s Web site, the home was built in 1903, and the property has an assessed valuation of $432,990.

Grand Junction police diverted southbound traffic on Seventh Street from Ouray to Grand avenues, before clearing the area around 10 a.m.


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