2 hurt as fire destroys rural home

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Grand Junction firefighters turn a hose onto a blaze engulfing a house located at 947 23 Road late Monday night. According to Mike Page with the fire department, three people - a man, a woman and an elderly person u2013 were taken to the hospital from the scene, one with serious injuries. Page said that the house was a total loss.

Two people were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital when a fire destroyed a home northwest of Grand Junction.

An elderly woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation in the fire late Monday night at 947 23 Road, the Grand Junction Fire Department said.  Her name was not released by authorities Tuesday and her condition was unknown.

An owner of the home also was taken to the hospital, Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said.

Douglas Haydon is listed in county records as one of the home’s owners. A man named Douglas Haydon was listed as a patient Monday, according to St. Mary’s Hospital spokeswoman Samantha Moe.

Another woman in the home was treated at the scene of the fire and taken to the hospital by private vehicle, Page said.

Firefighters found two Great Danes at the home, and they appeared to be in good condition, Page said.

“We were glad about that,” he said.

The two-story home with a 1,200-square-foot basement is considered a complete loss, Page said. The home is valued at $546,500, according to the Mesa County Assessor’s Office.

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from the interior of an unattached three-car garage, but its exterior was somewhat damaged, Page said.

Investigators worked Tuesday to determine the cause and origin of the fire, which was reported just after 11 p.m. Page said the cause of the fire may be released today.

The home’s rural location, just north of I 1/4 road,  posed a challenge for the 25 firefighters from the Grand Junction and the Lower Valley fire departments who responded to the scene. A fire hydrant is on 23 Road in front of the home — but the home is set about 1,200 feet from the road, Page said.

Firefighters hooked hoses from three engines so they could supply enough water to fight the blaze.

Investigators believed family members had some sort of warning about the fire. Authorities were attempting to determine whether smoke detectors deployed in the home, Page said.


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