Apartment Fire Displaces Several GJ Residents
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's been a busy two days for the Grand Junction Fire Department, with multiple structure fires around the city. Just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, fire officials responded to a reported porch on fire of a multiple-family townhome complex. The fire quickly spread to two units. It happened at 250 Beacon Ct., off of B 1/2 Road. NewsChannel 5 was there as crews worked to put it out.
What started as a typical Saturday morning soon erupted into moments of fear for several neighbors.
Harry Shrum, one of the apartment residents, recalled what happened, "It was pretty fast. We were just sitting down watching Sesame Street and our neighbors came ringing the doorbell and said there's a fire in the backyard."
"Units coming in could actually see it from several miles away," said Grand Junction firefighter Derek Trombetta.
"I immediately got the hose and went over there to start helping, to see if I could help put it out," said Shrum.
However, Shrum quickly realized the fire was much larger than he anticipated.
"There was a loud pop, I think it was some of the insulation, that vinyl went up, and that point I was like, this isn't going to be contained by a hose. I just yelled at my wife and told her to get Malachi and get out," Shrum said.
He and other neighbors evacuated before the firefighters arrived.
"We found heavy smoke, couldn't find the fire initially, but we were able to locate it pretty fast once we started getting in there, you know, we have thermal imagers," said Trombetta.
"None of us were hurt so that's all you've go to be thankful for right there, we got out okay," Shrum said.
"It was a great coordinated effort, they got on scene, got eyes on it. Pulled some ceiling, and were able to get it out pretty quick once we found it," said Trombetta.
As for Shrum's valuables, like his son's crib, they know those can be replaced.
"We'll readjust, we'll make do," he said.
One dog was rescued without harm and one cat was found deceased. There were no injuries to the public or GJFD personnel because of this incident.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Red Cross is helping those displaced by the fire.