Structure fire in Granby causes heavy damage Monday |

Structure fire in Granby causes heavy damage Monday

Grand and East Grand firefighters work to put out a fire at Bill’s Repair Shop just south of Granby along US Highway 40 on Monday, July 25.
Art Ferrari / Special to the Sky-Hi News |

A structure fire south of Granby caused extensive damage to one building Monday afternoon and sent local firefighters rushing to put the blaze down.

The fire was sparked at Bill’s Repair Shop slightly south of downtown Granby and just off US Highway 40 early Monday afternoon. The Grand Fire Protection District was paged to the scene at 1:15 p.m. Local fire agencies were quickly able to assess the state of the blaze thanks to a Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy who was on the scene.

“When the Deputy got on scene he gave us a good size up,” said Grand Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Schelly Olson. “We had a good picture of what it (the fire) was like.”

When local firefighters arrived on scene the repair shop fire was fully involved with flames visible from the building’s exterior. Authorities were quickly able to confirm the building was not occupied. In such circumstances firefighters conduct suppression efforts defensively. “We will not put firefighters inside burning buildings like that,” Olson said. “We initially get a lot of water on it to cool it down.”

Olson went on to explain that in such circumstances firefighters work to contain blazes and prevent fires from spreading to other adjoining structures. Local fire authorities remained on scene until roughly 5:30 p.m. Monday night conducting overhaul operations.

After demobilizing and rehabbing equipment a small crew was sent back out to the scene Monday night around 8 p.m. to reassess the site. An additional hotspot was discovered Monday night that was quickly doused with spray foam from the fire authorities.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damage to the repair shop structure was substantial with Olson describing the building as, “heavily damaged”.

The fire occurred within the Grand Fire Protection District. Grand Fire called for mutual aid from East Grand Fire. Grand Fire responded with one fire engine and one water tender truck, likewise East Grand Fire responded with one fire engine and one water tender truck. Grand County EMS also responded with two EMS personnel who provided rehab to the firefighters battling the blaze. All firefighters are medically assessed by County EMS personnel after finishing suppression operations.

A total of 16 firefighters responded to the blaze Monday afternoon including seven from East Grand Fire and nine from Grand Fire. County EMS dispatched two personnel to the scene and one Sheriff’s Deputy was also on the scene.

The fire at Bill’s Repair Shop Monday afternoon is something of a shift in focus for Grand County’s fire departments, which have been very busy over the last several weeks primarily battling wildfires throughout the county. Most structure fires in Grand County do not result in flames being visible from the building’s exterior, making Monday’s fire somewhat unique.

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