Early-morning fire snuffed at Sierra Pine

Fire crews and Sierra Pine employees contained a fire that broke out in a duct system just before 3 a.m. today, preventing any structural damage to the business.

Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 crews responded to the incident, following a 911 call that a spark had ignited some flames in the ducts, which move sawdust through the manufacturing area.

"It got into some of the bag houses," said Brian Farber, acting battalion chief for Medford Fire.

Four engines, three support trucks and 17 firefighters responded, but fire officials said Sierra Pine's fire suppression systems and employees had already started to combat the blaze. The fire was under control about half an hour after crews arrived on scene.

"It was the best outcome we could have," Farber said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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