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  • Arson at Medford eatery linked to burglary

  • Someone broke into a Medford hamburger restaurant early Tuesday morning, swiped a cash register and an undisclosed amount of money, and lit the building on fire before fleeing, police and fire officials confirmed.
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      Anyone with information about any of the fires should call Detective Tony Young at Medford police Criminal Investigation Division at 541-774-2230.
  • Someone broke into a Medford hamburger restaurant early Tuesday morning, swiped a cash register and an undisclosed amount of money, and lit the building on fire before fleeing, police and fire officials confirmed.
    "There's evidence that is consistent with an arson-type fire," said Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Erin Sawall.
    Police believe the burglar or burglars entered Barney's Burgers, at 415 N. Riverside Ave., through an unsecured door and started the fire near the cash register. The fire gutted the building's front end, torching the walls, counter space and furniture.
    Medford fire inspector Ralph Sartain said the blaze caused an estimated $80,000 in damage to the structure and contents, which he called a total loss.
    Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the fire at 12:22 a.m. Heavy fire and smoke greeted crews.
    "The whole front of the building was involved in fire," said Sawall.
    Four engines and 14 personnel attacked the blaze and had it under control in seven minutes. Riverside Avenue was temporarily shut down.
    "The business basically goes right up to the sidewalk, and there were flames shooting out the front window," said Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department.
    Sawall said crews were able to keep the flames confined to the front of the building, where the dining and food-preparation areas were located. That section was destroyed, with smoke damage throughout the rest of the building. The owners salvaged some frozen items from the back, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.
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