Early Morning Fire Destroys Montrose Building

Nearby senior apartment complex undamaged

MONTROSE, Colo. - An early morning fire destroyed a building in Montrose on Thursday as firefighters worked to make sure the blaze didn't spread to a nearby retirement facility.

Battalion Chief John Rogers of the Montrose Fire Protection District said the fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m.

An abandoned building that used to house an apple cider mill became engulfed in flames in the 200 block of North Grand Avenue.

Authorities say Anciano Tower, a senior apartment complex, was roughly 200 feet from the blaze; Rogers said fire units took steps to make sure the building was okay.

The old cider mill was a total loss, and firefighters shut down Grand Avenue for about two hours as they responded to the situation.

Officials say nobody was injured in the incident.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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