No injuries in area fires and plane emergency

Small craft safely lands following mechanical issues

No injuries were reported in the twin structure fires that kept Jackson County crews busy Sunday. And a pilot and passengers survived when their small plane suffering mechanical issues while landing at Medford International Airport.

Fire destroyed a Trail home near Ragsdale and Country Club roads, as about a dozen units responded to ensure the flames did not spread in the heavily wooded area.

No one was home when the blaze began at around 3:30 p.m., said Fire District No. 3 Capt. Bryan Cohee.

"There were no injuries, everyone was out, even the pets," Cohee said.

Crews from District 3, Shady Cove, Prospect and the Oregon Department of Forestry joined forces to contain the fire to the structures which Cohee described as a large single family home with a garage and overhead living quarters.

"The fire burned actively for about three hours," Cohee said, adding ODF helicopters dropped water on the surrounding areas to ensure the flames did not spread. Hand crews would continued to battle hot spots throughout the night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.

District 3 crews also were on hand to battle a structure fire in the 6900 block of Blackwell Road in Central Point after a pickup caught fire inside a warehouse, said Capt. Jon Vaitt.

Three engines, one tender, eight firefighters and two officers arrived at the 5 p.m. call, he said.

The truck fire began in an upper bay and caused heavy smoke to fill the structure. There were no injuries and no one was in the warehouse when firefighters arrived. The cause remains under investigation, he said.

The pilot of a small private passenger plane managed to land safely while experiencing a mechanical malfunction of its landing gear. The pilot and both passengers of the plane, en route from Bend, were uninjured in the landing, according to news reports.

Fire crews were on scene as the plane landed safely around 7 p.m. But the aircraft blocked a runway at the airport until the plane could be towed.


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