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  • Medford family, pets escape night fire

    Home on Stardust Way had no smoke detectors, officials say; attic and garage were damaged
  • A Medford family and its numerous pets escaped their home late Monday as fire and thick smoke raged in the garage and attic areas.
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  • A Medford family and its 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, saying there also were several dogs, including two dobermans.
    The call for a two-alarm fire first came in at 10:08 p.m. in the 1500 block of Stardust Way. The house is in a subdivision off Hillcrest Road, Green said.
    Homeowner Ed Scott said he awakened to the home computer making strange noises. After it shut down and wouldn't turn back on, Scott went out to the garage to check the breakers.
    He saw a fire burning off the fuse box, which is near a furnace. It put off thick clouds of smoke into the space.
    "There was fire going everywhere. It was really bad," said Scott, who has been living in the house about four years.
    Scott said he attempted to put out the flames 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 at the home to see the garage filled with smoke and discovered the 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 rest of the fire under control. Firefighters had to cut holes in the roof to prevent the attic fire from spreading and to vent off the excess heat. Firefighters rescued the pet parrot, named Manu, during their efforts. There were no smoke detectors in the home, the agency reported.
    "We would like to remind everyone that smoke is what kills most fire victims, and a working smoke detector is your best line of defense. Check it today," a news release said.
    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.
    Most of the damage was contained to the interior.
    Fire investigators believe the cause to be electrical in nature, but specifics were not available Tuesday afternoon.
    Scott said he's relieved that the damage wasn't more extensive.
    "I'm so thankful," he said. "The damage is very minor compared to what could have happened that time of night. I'm happy, real happy."
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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