Fire crews snuff garage blaze

A structure fire tore through a Medford garage Wednesday evening, but emergency crews knocked it down before it spread to the home.

The fire was reported at 6:41 p.m. in the 400 block of Stanford Avenue. Battalion chief Wayne Painter, of Medford Fire-Rescue, said a woman had just put food in the oven and smelled smoke, but thought it was from the oven. Neighbors across the street had seen smoke pouring from the garage and went to warn her, pounding on the door until she came outside.

"She had no idea her garage was on fire," Painter said.

The woman was the only one home at the time. Fire crews responded with four engines and 13 firefighters. Fire officials said they could see smoke hanging over the neighborhood en route.

Crews knocked the blaze down in about five minutes.

"The rest of the house was just light smoke," Painter said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is likely electrical in nature. No one was hurt. Painter estimated about $40,000 in damage.

— Ryan Pfeil

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