Trailer burns on Medford's 12th Street

Flames tore through an east Medford trailer today, sending one person to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation, officials said.

The fire sparked at 4:45 p.m. inside trailer near the intersection of East 12th Street and South Riverside Avenue.

Medford fire engines arrived within minutes and doused the fire before it could spread to nearby trailers and brush, Medford fire Battalion Chief Ken Goodson said.

A woman inside the trailer was taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for smoke inhalation, Goodson said.

Firefighters were forced to enter the trailer and cut into the walls and floors after flames crept into these narrow spaces, Goodson said.

"It was difficult to deal with," Goodson said.

The heat of the day was another trial for the fire crews, Goodson said.

"We are taxed to the limit right now," he said. "We have an ambulance on scene in case the heat gets to one of us."

Temperatures hovered in the mid-90s at the time of the fire.

Jackson County Fire Districts 3 and 5 covered calls in Medford as crews finished up at the scene.

East 12th Street was blocked to traffic as fire investigators entered the residence at around 6 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

— Chris Conrad

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