Motorcycle crash victim identified

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office identified Grand Junction resident Meghan Yaskoweak, 40, as the woman killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday at 32 and B½ roads.

The cause of death was ruled blunt force head injuries sustained in the crash and the manner of death is an accident.

According to the coroner’s office, she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and the toxicology was negative.

The Colorado State Patrol is overseeing the investigation.

Two house fires erupt in 12 hours

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 2900 block of Hall Avenue at around 9:47 p.m. Wednesday.

It was the second structure fire the department responded to on Wednesday.

The initial report said the fire was outside of the house and was spreading to the roof of the home. When crews arrived they saw a fire on the porch of the home that was quickly spreading to the sides, attic and roof, according to the news release.

Three adults and a dog had evacuated the house after being alerted by neighbors and a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Crews stopped the fire’s spread, but the home sustained significant damage, the Fire Department reported.

The residents of the home were displaced but neighbors reportedly played a critical role in safely evacuating them from the home.

The fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

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