GJ fire chief not hired by Fort Collins

GJ fire chief not hired by Fort Collins

Grand Junction Fire Chief Ken Watkins, who was a finalist for the top job at the Poudre Fire Authority, was not selected for the Fort Collins position.

Watkins had applied for the fire chief position with the Fort Collins-based fire department.

Watkins has said he was not actively looking for another job, but he applied for the position because it intrigued him and it was a good opportunity to test his competitiveness in the market.

The Fort Collins position went to the Poudre Fire Authority’s interim chief, Tom DeMint, according to The Coloradoan.

DeMint and Thornton Fire Chief John Staley were the two other finalists for the job. The Poudre Fire Authority Board of Directors made the decision to hire DeMint.

Fire damages vacant Junction home

A late-night fire Sunday caused approximately $5,000 damage at a vacant downtown home, the Grand Junction Fire Department said Monday.

Firefighters were called at 10:46 p.m. to a residence at 301 S. Fourth St. after a passer-by reported seeing smoke coming from the structure. Grand Junction police officers on the scene reported finding fire on the south side of the building and tried unsuccessfully to put it out with extinguishers, according to a news release.

Traffic was diverted away from South Fourth Street, from Colorado to Pitkin avenues, for roughly an hour as firefighters battled the blaze.

Damage was limited to an attached porch, the affidavit said. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.


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