Lightning Strike Causes Fire at Preschool
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Just before 2:15 on Wednesday morning Grand Junction Fire crews responded to a structure fire at We-Kare-A-Lot Preschool on Grand Avenue. NewsChannel 5 received video of what witnesses say was the actual lightning strike causing the fire.
Initial units on scene reported a working fire on the roof and in the attic. Crews made an interior attack on the fire and with support from incoming units quickly extinguished the main body of the fire.
There was no one inside at the time.
Travis Mcrae, the neighbor who witnessed the lighting strike, tells NewsChannel 5 he watched it happen from his front porch. "I ran in the house, both my roommates woke up, we came outside to just kind of watch it because we knew it was close. And then my roommate Jordan Price smelled the smoke so we started looking around, and then he was the one who spotted it on the daycare, so we called 911."
Other units assisted with ventilation and salvage operations to protect the structure and its contents.
Neighbors say the preschool can't seem to catch a break, as it was hit by a car just a few months ago.