Long-time La Junta feed store consumed by fire

Fire at La Junta Feed and Supply Store
Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 7:42 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2022 at 11:29 AM MDT
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LA JUNTA, Colo. (KKTV) - A popular business in La Junta was devastated by a fire Monday morning.

While 11 News has not confirmed with officials, witnesses tell 11 News the WW Feed and Supply building is gone.

The fire was reported at 6:45 a.m. at the feed store, which is located off 1st Street (Highway 50) and Belleview Avenue. No one was inside at the time, said La Junta Fire Chief Brad Davidson.

“While en route, we were informed heavy smoke and fire showing from the middle of the building. Upon arrival, my arrival, we did confirm that,” Davidson said.

Agencies from surrounding towns were called to assist with the massive blaze.

State Patrol shut down Highway 50 through La Junta while firefighters responded to the blaze. Drivers needing to travel through the town were being diverted at 3rd Street. The highway remains completely closed as of 11:30 a.m.

Viewers tell 11 News WW Feed and Supply is a local business and one of the oldest in La Junta, with the building having been around since 1930. They say they’re heartbroken to see it in flames.

Davidson said that the building being more than 90 years old provided challenges for fire crews.

“We had a lot of obstruction that way, as well as it being a fertilizer storage place and feed storage. We had a lot of concerns about that.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Davidson said firefighters do know it started inside the store.

11 News is still working to get more information on the fire. Keep checking back for updates.