Orchard Mesa fire claims motor home and puppies, injures two people

A devastating fire in Orchard Mesa

On Wednesday night, around 7 pm, a fire broke out in Orchard Mesa, a neighborhood in Grand Junction, Colorado. The fire started in a motor home parked near a house and quickly spread to the nearby car and vegetation. The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the scene and managed to contain the fire before it reached the house. However, the motor home was considered a total loss and several puppies inside it perished in the flames.

The cause and consequences of the fire

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Grand Junction Fire Department stated that it was likely accidental. The owner of the motor home and car, who was living in the motor home, suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released. Another person, who was visiting the house, also suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The house owner and his family were not harmed by the fire, but they were displaced for the night due to the smoke damage and power outage.

The community’s reaction and support

The fire shocked and saddened the Orchard Mesa community, especially the animal lovers who mourned the loss of the puppies. Some neighbors witnessed the fire and tried to help the victims. One of them, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he heard the owner of the motor home screaming for help and ran to the scene with a fire extinguisher. He said that he saw the puppies inside the motor home, but it was too late to save them. He said that he felt sorry for the owner, who was very attached to his pets.

Orchard Mesa fire claims

The Red Cross also stepped in to provide assistance to the victims of the fire. They offered temporary lodging, food, clothing, and other essentials to the house owner and his family. They also provided emotional support and referrals to other agencies that could help them recover from the trauma. The Red Cross said that they are always ready to help people affected by disasters, big or small, and urged the public to donate or volunteer to support their mission.

How to prevent and prepare for fires

The Orchard Mesa fire serves as a reminder of the importance of fire prevention and preparedness. The Grand Junction Fire Department shared some tips on how to reduce the risk of fire and protect oneself and others in case of fire. They advised people to:

  • Keep flammable materials away from heat sources and electrical outlets
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every room
  • Have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it
  • Have an escape plan and practice it with your family and pets
  • Call 911 as soon as you see or smell smoke or fire
  • Stay low and cover your mouth and nose with a cloth if there is smoke
  • Get out and stay out of the burning building and wait for the firefighters

The Grand Junction Fire Department also encouraged people to visit their website or contact them for more information and resources on fire safety.

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