Third fire in area raises suspicions of authorities

Clifton Fire Protection district firefighters and Mesa County Sheriff’s officers investigate a suspicious fire on a newly built home at 531 Purple Ash Circle Saturday.

A fire Saturday afternoon at a house that was under construction in Clifton has been deemed suspicious by investigators.

The home at 537 Autumn Breeze Drive is in the Autumn Breeze subdivision, which has had three structure fires in recent months.

“Apparently there was a fire back in June,” said Greg Martin, assistant fire chief for Clifton Fire Department. “There was one that was accidental. There was another that was questionable. It does bring up that there may be a problem in that area.

“This fire is strictly a suspicious fire. We feel it has been set, but we’re looking at all avenues with Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.”

The fire was reported at 4:30 p.m., Martin said.

The house sustained extensive heat and smoke damage to the lower level and moderate damage to the upper level, he said. The fire damage was estimated between $40,000 and $70,000.

The contractor for the house is Grace Homes Real Estate Construction.

The investigation should be completed today, Martin said.


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