Medford firefighter Bill Parks salvages belongings from a duplex that burned early Tuesday morning in the 800 block of West 12th Street. The fire caused significant damage to the roof, along with smoke and water damage to the interior, but no one was injured. Mail Tribune Photo / Jamie Lusch - Jamie Lusch

Morning blaze damages duplex

Hands banging against Stephanie Stanley's bedroom window awakened her early Tuesday morning — warnings from neighbors that a fire was raging on the roof.

She exited the duplex safely with her young child, roommate and her roommate's child.

The fire, in the 800 block of Medford's West 12th Street early Tuesday morning, resulted in significant damage to the roof, along with smoke and water damage to the interior of both residences, Medford Fire and Rescue officials said.

"We stood across the street and watched our house go up in flames," Stanley said. "There (were) just flames everywhere."

No one was injured in the fire, which was called in at 3:46 a.m..

The 1,600-square-foot building suffered severe damage to the attic, ceilings and interiors of both units.

A charred skeleton is all that remains of an attached shed in the backyard, which is where firefighters believe the blaze started before creeping into the attic space and through to the roof.

The fire took about 30 minutes to extinguish. Firefighters helped residents remove salvageable items such as clothes and food from the building late Tuesday morning.

The fire's cause is still under investigation.

Five engines and 18 Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the fire. Crews had some difficulty reaching the attic portion of the blaze, said Medford Fire and Rescue Captain Chuck Glose.

An older roof that had been left on the building when a newer roof was installed ended up being a barrier to firefighters attempting to reach the attic.

"They had a lot of trouble accessing it," said Kurt Bennett, deputy chief for Medford Fire and Rescue.

It's not known whether the building is salvageable, but the structure has been deemed not safe to enter and was condemned during the investigation, fire officials said.

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