Early morning fire torches vehicles, carport

Fire crews able to prevent flames from spreading to nearby apartment complex

A fire ripped through a carport at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Oak Grove Road early this morning, burning up three cars and destroying the port itself, fire officials said.

Fire crews responded to the fire call at 2:30 a.m. They were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to the nearby apartment units, which house about 10 residents. Medford Fire-Rescue battalion chief Brian Fish said all were safely evacuated during knockdown efforts and that no one was hurt.

"(Crews) made a good stop keeping it out of that structure," Fish said.

The apartment complex did sustain some minor damage, including a broken window from the nearby heat.

Four engines responded from Medford Fire, along with an engine from Jacksonville Fire. Crews knocked down the blaze in about a half hour, Fish said.

The carport was also close to a nearby laundry room and storage facility. A fourth car adjacent to the carport will also probably be a total loss because of the damage it sustained, fire officials said.

Crews estimate about $100,000 worth of damage total. The cause is still under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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