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  • Fire destroys home on Chestnut Street, but residents escape safely

  • A fire totally destroyed a home in the 200 block of Chestnut Street early this morning, but all occupants were able to escape unharmed, fire officials said.
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  • A fire totally destroyed a home in the 200 block of Chestnut Street early this morning, but all occupants were able to escape unharmed, fire officials said.
    Neighbors reported the blaze at 3:08 a.m.
    When crews arrived, the fire had engulfed 50 to 75 percent of the building and flames were blowing through the rooftop, Medford Fire-Rescue fire inspector Samantha Metheny said.
    Four to five occupants were already outside the home when the four fire engines arrived. One of the occupants was attempting to put the fire out with a hose.
    Two engines from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 also assisted. The fire was knocked down by 3:30 a.m., with most of the time spent mopping it up.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and it will take a lot of work to determine the cause since the home is so badly damaged, Metheny said. Investigators will rule out possible causes to narrow down their findings.
    "There were no working smoke detectors in the home and a neighbor saw the fire and called 911," said Metheny, adding that the occupants were very lucky to have escaped without injuries.
    There were no pets in the home, said Metheny.
    "We'd like to recommend that you have working smoke detectors throughout your homes and you check the batteries," Metheny said.
    — Mandy Valencia
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