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Early Morning Apartment Fire Displaces Palisade Residents

Update: It has been confirmed that one person was killed in the blaze. The identity of the person has not been released, but further information will be forthcoming from the coroners office.

The Town of Palisade released the following statement this afternoon:

Today, part of our community lost not only their homes, but everything they need for day-to-day survival due to a fire on Iowa Avenue. In an effort to help victims and their families, the Town of Palisade is accepting monetary donations in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards. Please make checks payable to the Town of Palisade, and add “Iowa Fire Victims” to the memo line. All of the above donations may be brought to Town Hall at 175 E 3rd Street, Palisade, Co 81526 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

This story will be updated as further information becomes available.

A pall of smoke hung over Taylor Elementary School this morning as school started, the result of an apartment building fire.

According to Palisade fire chief Charles Balke, the fire department was dispatched at 7:15am this morning, April 5, 2024, with a report of a structure fire with explosion extending to all apartments in the 900 block of Iowa Avenue. Upon arrival, crews found a two story apartment building fully involved.

Mutual aid was requested immediately from Clifton Fire, and Grand Junction Fire, as well as Palisade Police Department, Debeque Marshals Department, Colorado State Patrol, and Mesa County Sheriffs Department. Colorado Bureau of Investigation is on scene and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is en route.

The American Red Cross is involved and has set up a location at the Palisade Community Center, 125 8th Street, where families and pets can be reunited with each other. They will be also helping the displaced families as much as possible.

There was a report of a trapped individual in the fire, but the fire department has been unable to confirm that at this time. They were able to rescue one cat and reunite it with its owner.

There was live ammunition exploding during the first part of the fire. It took the fire departments about an hour and a half to get the fire under control. The structure is a complete loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by multiple agencies.

A cloud of smoke hangs over Taylor Elementary School
Iowa Avenue blocked while firefighters battle apartment blaze.
Palisade residents await news about friends and neighbors affected by apartment fire
The apartment building is a total loss.