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  • Suspected arson fires under investigation

  • Two small fires that burned in a west Medford alley in a three-hour timespan early this morning have been classified as arsons, Medford police and fire officials report.
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  • Two small fires that burned in a west Medford alley in a three-hour timespan early this morning have been classified as arsons, Medford police and fire officials report.
    Medford Fire-Rescue first responded to a small fire at 12:27 a.m. in an alley in the 800 block of West Second Street, near where it intersects with Columbus Avenue. Medford Fire-Rescue crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but it damaged some landscaping behind a house at 854 W. Second St., a news release said.
    Less than three hours later, firefighters and Medford police responded to reports of a second fire in the same alley, about 200 feet away from the first fire. This blaze was larger and had burned a grassy area and nearby fence that separated the alley from two residences. Fire crews knocked down the second blaze before it spread to the homes. No one was hurt, officials said. While on scene, police discovered evidence that another fire in the alley had burned a wooden fence. Investigators determined that fire happened about two weeks prior.
    Anyone with information about the fires should call Medford police Detective Bill Ford at 541-774-2230.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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