Fire sparked by discarded firework displaces eight people

Fire sparked by discarded firework displaces eight people

A used firework discarded in a Dumpster sparked a fire that destroyed the wooden shed housing the trash bin and spread to a nearby apartment complex early Wednesday.

Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the two-alarm fire, in the 1000 block of Seroba Court, at 12:41 a.m., according to emergency dispatch records. Crews arrived within seven minutes and had the blaze extinguished in about 20 minutes, said Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Erin Sawall. All occupants of the six-unit facility made it out safely, but eight people were displaced.

The fire damaged windows, exterior walls and portions of the attic area at the apartment complex. The agency responded with six engines and a ladder truck, along with 25 personnel, according to Sawall. Medford police and Mercy Flights also responded to the scene, though no one required transport to the hospital.

It was one of numerous blazes that kept area firefighters busy overnight, though most did not cause much damage. Medford crews responded to another blaze that started in a trash bin at 11:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Creekside Drive, though that one did not spread, and a grass fire that tore through some juniper bushes in the 1000 block of Melody Lane.

Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a sofa on fire in the road at the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Union Street just after 1 a.m., according to Battalion Chief Dana Sallee.

"It was a leftover from the Fourth of July parade and (owners) just didn’t pick it up," Sallee said.

The cause was undetermined, though fire officials said it is suspicious in nature.

Jackson County Fire District 3, which covers Central Point, Eagle Point and White City, responded to 13 grass fires, though all were smaller than a half acre, officials said. The agency also transported an adult male to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center after a firework caused a significant injury to his foot, according to public information officer Ashley Blakely.

Jackson County Fire District 5 also responded to several small fires.

The Oregon Department of Forestry snuffed four grass fires, the largest reaching one-quarter acre off Kershaw Road.

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