GJ family homeless from afternoon fire

A Grand Junction woman, three sons and her grandson are homeless today 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 the night shift when the fire occurred.

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

Two people escaped unharmed who were in the home at the time of the fire that 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 warned of the fire when the flames broke out a rear window. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, the department said.

The American Red Cross was at the scene to help the family.

The duplex’s other unit was not damaged in the fire.


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