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10 displaced by motel fire

About 10 guests at the Sis-Q Motel in Medford were displaced Tuesday afternoon after a fire started in the upper floor at 722 S. Riverside Ave.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which was reported at 4:40 p.m., said Melissa Cano, Medford Fire-Rescue public information officer.

“At first it was a fully involved structure but it was quickly downgraded, as it was a single room in which the fire originated,” she said. “Fortunately, in about seven minutes all of the Medford Fire-Rescue firefighters that responded had the fire contained and knocked down.”

Cano said that there were no injuries, but the motel would need rehabilitation.

A Medford Fire-Rescue Facebook post afterward said power to the building was compromised and that the American Red Cross was helping all the occupants find shelter.

“That’s going to be one of our main focuses right now, figuring out what we are going to do next, in order to make sure we benefit our community,” Cano said.

Crews were searching for hot spots Friday evening and removing roof panels as necessary, and the second story was smoke-damaged throughout, the post said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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