Crews battled a horse barn fire this morning just north of Central Point that sent up a plume of black smoke that could be seen from downtown Medford.
A passerby on Newland Road reported the fire at 11:31 a.m., according to Jackson County Fire District 3. The barn sits off Newland between Truax and Downing roads.
"Our battalion chief said he was responding. As he got into his vehicle, he looked into the area of origin, saw a very clear, distinct column," said Ashley Blakely, District 3 public information officer.
Mercy Flights and Central Point police, who were in the area, also responded. A neighbor got the horses out safely, but a pickup inside was destroyed.
Neighbor Tom McVey had been outside feeding a pet rabbit. He went inside briefly, then came back outside to see the oily column of smoke spewing from the burning structure.
"Everything was engulfed," McVey said. "(The) truck was already on fire. The whole thing was engulfed at that time."
The property owners were not home.
Medford Fire-Rescue also sent firefighters. At the peak of the blaze, there were five engines and two water tenders on scene, Blakely said.
"They just attacked it," she said, adding there was initial concern of the fire spreading to other structures, but that crews were able to contain it to the barn.
The fire's cause remained under investigation.
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