Mobile home destroyed in early-morning blaze

A manufactured home burned to the ground in south Medford early today, but firefighters were able to save a garage adjacent to the house where a pair of valuable, restored Model-A Fords were being stored.

Firefighters responded to the structure fire at 4:48 a.m. in the 1000 block of Shafer Lane, said Brian Fish, battalion chief with Medford Fire-Rescue.

"When they arrived on scene, there was a fully involved mobile home," Lane said.

Nobody was inside, and no injuries were reported, Lane said, but a cat that lived in the house is missing.

"The neighbors were taking care of her cat. The cat we haven't located, so we don't know if it perished," Long said.

Three engines from Medford Fire-Rescue and one engine from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded to the blaze, Long said, adding a second alarm was pulled, but additional crews were turned around when the incident commander arrived on scene and determined firefighters could not save the structure.

Firefighters arrived on scene seven minutes after the call came in, and "it was up in flames by the time they got there," Long said.

— Sam Wheeler

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