Family, pets escape late-night fire

A Medford family and their numerous pets escaped their home late Monday as fire and thick smoke raged in the garage and attic areas.

"They were all saved, including a parrot," said Capt. Randy Green of Medford Fire-Rescue, estimating there were about seven dogs, too.

The call for a two-alarm fire first came in at 10:08 p.m. in the 1000 block of Stardust Way. The house is in a subdivision off Hillcrest Road, Green said.

Green said the home's occupants awakened to their home computer making strange noises. After it shut down and wouldn't turn back on, a man living there went out to the garage to check the breakers. He saw fire burning near a furnace that put off thick clouds of smoke into the space. The man attempted to put it out with a garden hose before he, his wife and their pets fled the home without injury. Fire officials responded with four engines and 13 firefighters. They arrived on scene to see the garage filled with smoke. By then, fire had spread to the structure's attic space.

"It was going pretty good when we got there," Green said. "There was heavy smoke and flames coming out of the garage."

It took about 10 minutes to get the blaze under control. No firefighters were hurt during knockdown efforts. The fire damaged the garage and portions of the attic, but the structure is salvageable, fire officials said.

It's still not known what caused the fire.

"It's being investigated right now to find out whether it was electrical," Green said.

— Ryan Pfeil


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