Firefighters battle blaze, sub-zero temps

A fire that was reported just after 6 a.m. Friday had fully engulfed an Orchard Mesa home on Beaver Street when Grand Junction firefighters arrived.

In addition to the house on fire, firefighters battled sub-zero temperatures when they responded to a call on Orchard Mesa early Thursday.

Grand Junction firefighters were dispatched at 6:09 a.m. to a single-family house on fire at 241 1/2 Beaver St., sending six units and 19 personnel.

The one person who lived in the home got out safely, fire officials said.

No firefighters were injured in fighting the blaze, which caused severe damage to the home. When they first arrived, firefighters found heavy fire coming from the roof and front of the residence. Crews kept the fire contained to the single-family home, and there was no reported damage to other structures nearby.

Witnesses on scene said below-zero temperatures made firefighters’ efforts that much more difficult, as the water discharged from their hoses quickly iced over in areas along the ground, making footing uneasy.

It was so cold that firefighters’ face shields were freezing over with sheets of ice, a witness said.

It took firefighters 50 minutes to contain and fully manage the fire. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.


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