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Firefighters knock out garage fire

A two-alarm fire damaged a garage, part of a house and some vehicles Friday, but no one was injured.

Crews from Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Medford Fire-Rescue and the Jacksonville Fire Department were called at 9:08 a.m. to a fire in the 900 block of Old Stage Road. The blaze, which put off few flames but plenty of thick smoke, was called in by a passerby, according to Fire District 3 public information officer Ashley Blakely.

The residents were home at the time but were able to get out safely, she said.

The first crews on scene quickly upgraded the fire to a second alarm.

“We needed more hands on deck,” Blakely said, adding that the area did not have access to a fire hydrant, necessitating more water tenders.

Firefighters had the blaze out in less than 45 minutes and were mopping up the garage. They cut holes in the garage roof to vent heat and removed some materials from the interior. Old Stage Road traffic slowed to a crawl during the incident, as Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies had to direct vehicles on the two-lane road partially taken up by fire crews.

The cause of the fire was still unknown.


Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

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