Local news briefs: house fire, cemetery cleanup

Officials: Fire extinguished itself

A Medford fire that damaged a basement while the homeowners were out of town over the weekend appears to have extinguished itself, possibly because of a water line it burned through, fire officials said.

"It either stopped itself or got help from that water. We're just not sure yet," said Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Fish.

Fire officials said the owners of 1301 E. Main St. arrived home around 7:20 p.m. Monday to find their home full of soot and smoke. They called 911, fearing a fire. Fire crews responded with a full structural response, four engines and about 15 personnel.

First responders found no actual fire, but did find evidence that one had started and burned itself out. Fire damage was confined to about 25 percent of the basement, which also had been flooded by about 4 inches of water, still leaking from a severed line.

"That water was spraying all over the basement," Fish said.

There was additional smoke damage throughout the house. Fire officials do not believe the blaze's cause is suspicious. It remains under investigation.

Senior Aces Club discusses trends

Senior Aces Computer Club will discuss new computer trends at its meeting at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Medford. Call 541-773-4226 for information and location.

Jacksonville Cemetery cleanup set

Volunteers are invited to join the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery, Boosters Club, Odd Fellows and other community volunteers in helping to clean up the Jacksonville Cemetery from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. Participants will meet at the Sexton's Tool House at the top of Cemetery Road in Jacksonville.

Refreshments will be provided at this annual event. Those who attend are asked to bring gloves, leaf rakes, gas-operated weed whackers, blowers, brooms and pruning shears.

Visit www.friendsjvillecemetery.org or call 541-826-9939 for more information.

Medford Garden Club meets

The public is invited to attend "Plants for Dry Places," presented by the Medford Garden Club at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15. The program will be held at the First Church of Christ Scientist, 100 Windsor Ave., Medford. Christie from the Shooting Star Nursery will be the speaker.

Call Karen Hee at 541-734-4872.

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