Marie Callender's Restaurant burns down

Fire investigators are sifting through the rubble at Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery today after a fire destroyed the Biddle Road business overnight Saturday.Julia Moore

Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery on Biddle Road in Medford burned to the ground last night.

According to Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Ken Goodson, the restaurant at 1528 Biddle Road was fully involved and half the roof had already collapsed by the time fire crews arrived.

No injuries were reported, and no cause has been determined, Goodson said.

Medford Fire-Rescue investigators and Medford Police Department detectives will be on scene today trying to learn more.

Two fire engines and a battalion chief from Medford Fire-Rescue, along with two fire engines and a battalion chief from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 responded to the initial call at 3:11 a.m. Saturday.

Medford's first engine arrived 7 minutes later and reported the structure fully involved, according to Medford Fire-Rescue Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg.

A second alarm brought additional help from neighboring jurisdictions, including Jacksonville.

The building is considered a total loss, Goodson said.

The fire came on the heels of another blaze off Dark Hollow Road in the territory covered by Medford Fire-Rescue, requiring coordination of area fire and emergency agencies. The fire on Dark Hollow, which resulted in the total loss of a vacant house, occurred around midnight and required a full response.

"We called in extra people and, of course, it was a mutual aid show, with all the different agencies running around," Goodson said. "They all either responded or provided coverage while we were fighting fires."

— David Smigelski


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