Fire takes family home

Christina Wilkins watches from across the street Saturday as firefighters work inside the charred wreckage of a duplex where she and her family lived at 662 Pleasant Court in Grand Junction.

A Grand Junction woman, her three sons and her grandson were homeless Saturday after a fire ripped through her duplex home.

Firefighters were able to save some of the family’s items, which were placed in the front yard of the home at 662 Pleasant Court. Christina Wilkins lived in the home that is owned by her father, Robert Wilburn.

Wilburn said his daughter had been smoking a cigarette outside, extinguished it in metal container and went inside to take a nap before working a night shift when the fire occurred.

“Obviously she’s not going to go work now,” he said.

Christina Wilkins and one other person who was home escaped unharmed from the fire, which was called in just before 2 p.m., according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.

The fire started in the back of the home, and its occupants were alerted when the flames broke out a rear window. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the department said. The rear of the home was destroyed by the blaze, and the fire’s heat caused siding around the home to curl.

“As if there’s not enough hardship,” Wilburn said, “she had told me she just finished paying off her furniture.”

The American Red Cross was at the scene to help the family. The duplex’s other unit was not damaged by the fire.


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