Fire destroys old Grand Junction grocery store Sunday


GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — Ten area fire departments responded to a blaze in an old grocery store building in downtown Grand Junction Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported in the fire at 301 Main St. E., which was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire in under investigation. A witness said an explosion was heard about the time the fire started, but the claim has not been independently confirmed.

The two-story, 5,610-square-foot building was built in 1910. It served from 1924 to 1944 as the armory of Battery D, Second Battalion, 185th Field Artillery of the Iowa National Guard. The property was purchased in 2017 by Michael Halligan of Jefferson, according to county records.

The Grand Junction Volunteer Fire Department responded, receiving mutual aid from the Boxholm Volunteer Fire Department, Churdan Volunteer Fire Department, Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, Ogden Volunteer Fire Department, Paton Volunteer Fire Department, Perry Volunteer Fire Department, Rippey Volunteer Fire Department, Scranton Volunteer Fire Department and Bouton Volunteer Fire Department.

The Iowa State Patrol, Greene County Sheriff’s office, Greene County EMS and Grand Junction Fire and Rescue. will update this story as information becomes available.


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