UPDATE: Crews quickly douse massive fire near Whitman Park

Published: Jun. 24, 2018 at 6:57 PM MDT
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The investigation continues into what started a massive fire in downtown Grand Junction.

It started around 6:15 Sunday night near 4th Street and Ute Avenue.

The Grand Junction Fire Department said two residential buildings and two storage sheds were a total loss. Another residential building was significantly damaged.

The fire started in a shed in the backyard of a home on Ute Avenue before quickly spreading to nearby buildings and power lines.

People who live in the area and those who were at Whitman Park were evacuated. Traffic was diverted in the area.

Because of the power lines, fire crews said they had to take a more defensive approach.

"We just got out of the movie theatre and saw the fire from there," a witness said. "Flames were shooting about 30 feet in the air."

The fire was finally put out around 9 p.m. No one was hurt.

Witnesses told firefighters that all but one of the structures involved were boarded up and vacant.

The fire department said strong winds helped the fire spread quickly. Crews are reminding everyone to use extreme caution, especially now when fire danger is so high.