Jacksonville house fire draws crews from four agencies

Flames from a 2-alarm fire at a Jacksonville home Thursday night could be seen from over a mile away by responding fire crews.

"As soon as we pulled out of our fire station, we could see the fire," said Capt. Greg Gilbert of Applegate Fire District No. 9.

The fire was reported at 11:48 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Lomas Road. Responders said flames reached about 100 feet in size, enveloping about 75 percent of the 2-story structure that also had a daylight basement. The home's three occupants, an owner and two renters, all made it out safely. Smoke detectors alerted them of the blaze and prompted them to get out of the structure.

Crews from Applegate Fire, Jacksonville Fire, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and Medford Fire & Rescue responded to the scene with five engines and five water tenders. An exact knockdown time is not yet known. Capt. TaiLese Goodnough said there was never a threat of the blaze spreading to other structures or nearby wildland.

"There were no garages or other exposures that were of issue," Goodnough said.

Crews are still on scene today mopping up hot spots and investigating a cause.

Officials said the structure is likely a total loss.

— Ryan Pfeil


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