Applegate outbuilding burns down, but no one hurt

A storage building in the Applegate burned to the ground this morning.

Crews at Applegate Fire District No. 9 received an emergency call reporting a structure fire at 5:19 a.m. in the 700 block of Yale Creek Road, about 18 miles south of the Jacksonville city limits. Crews responded with two engines, two water tenders and about 15 firefighters. The remoteness of the property and road conditions caused a delayed response time, fire officials said.

When crews got on scene, they found the 1,000 square-foot storage building fully involved. The building was about 600 feet away from the property's main house.

Crews were able to knock down the flames in about 20 minutes and stayed on scene for three hours until the smoldering wreckage was fully extinguished.

Battalion chief Cody Goodnough said the structure was nearly void of contents.

"It doesn't sound like there was much in there," Goodnough said, adding the structure will likely be a total loss. "There might be a little bit of salvage they could do."

No one was hurt. The cause remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil

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