Medford fire crews stave off apparent arson attempt

Crews from Medford Fire-Rescue made quick work of a fire that burned a portion of a chain link fence near an apartment complex pool late Tuesday, a blaze responding crews say may have been set intentionally.

The fire was reported at 9:29 p.m. in the 2000 block of Barnett Road. The fire was burning through the plastic lattice covering on the fence and had grown to about 4-by-4 feet in size by the time crews arrived.

Medford fire crews extinguished the flames in about a minute.

"It didn't amount to much on our end," said Battalion Chief Brian Fish, adding crews had no concern about flames spreading to nearby buildings. No one was hurt.

But witnesses reported seeing someone set the fire before running off. Medford police and the fire inspector's office will investigate the blaze further today.

Fish said the set fire does not appear to be the same work of the still-at-large serial arsonist who has set fire to 14 vacant houses since January 2012 around Medford.

— Ryan Pfeil

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