Seven fires flare up in past 5 days

Flames leap from the roof as black smoke pours from an unoccupied building at 2372 G Road on Thursday evening. The fire rekindled Friday, and the Grand Junction Fire Department is investigating the cause. This scene unfolded across the street from Community Hospital.

A combination of hot temperatures, parched ground and gusty winds are keeping firefighters busy this week, responding to seven fires in the past five days.

In addition to the large five-acre blaze near 28 Road on Monday, on Wednesday night firefighters battled blazes in the median along Interstate 70 between 25 and 26 roads.

Two more fires ignited in unoccupied residential structures on Thursday night. Firefighters battled a structure fire at 2372 G Road, across from Community Hospital. Fire investigators are seeking the cause of that fire. It rekindled Friday.

Also Thursday, firefighters extinguished a blaze in a detached garage in the 2300 block of H Road. Two people were evacuated from the nearby home.

The department is investigating the cause of the fire on G Road, which was initially reported as a painting business with paint cans stored in the garage.

No one was injured in any of the week’s fire incidents.

With no immediate end in sight to dry, hot weather, the week’s fires offer a lesson to residents to be mindful about minimizing fire hazards, fire officials said.

To avoid brush fires, officials urge truck drivers to tie up their chains, to keep them from dragging on the roadway and creating sparks.

People who work on cars should avoid balling up oily rags.

Renters should purchase renters’ insurance and, as always, people should keep smoke detectors in good working order. In general, folks should have a plan to evacuate their residence and keep an emergency kit on hand with needed items.

“I have a captain who says he’s never been on a fatal fire with a working smoke detector,” fire department spokeswoman Ellis Thompson-Ellis said.


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