Family awakened to a fire that ripped through home

Even the family's guinea pig Fluffy escaped from a Thanksgiving night fire that destroyed much of an east Medford home at 3877 Mallard Lane.

"The whole bathroom was glowing orange," said 38-year-old Sherri McFarland, who awoke with her husband just before midnight. "Nothing made sense."

After the McFarlands realized what was happening they roused their 7-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, who took Fluffy out of the house.

"My kids are safe, we're safe and all the important things we have are safe," McFarland said today as she attempted to retrieve belongings not damaged by the fire and the water.

Medford fire crews attacked the blaze that started somewhere on the side of the house next to the master bedroom, but the flames already had gotten into the attic.

Flames destroyed a fence and started to ignite the house next door.

The call came in at 11:46 p.m., and fire crews were on the scene in six minutes.

Because the fire was burning so hot and threatened an adjacent home, Medford Fire-Rescue called in Jackson County Fire District No. 3.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The McFarlands didn't cook Thanksgiving dinner at their house but went to a relative's.

— Damian Mann

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