Pets killed by smoke inhalation in house fire

A small fire that started inside a living room wall filled a family's Central Point home with smoke Wednesday afternoon, killing a pair of pet dogs, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to a structure fire in the 700 block of Third Street, near Crater High School, at 12:47 p.m. and were on scene less than five minutes later.

"It was called in as smoke coming out of the chimney, but it was actually coming out of the attic around the chimney," said Greg Winfrey, battalion chief for Jackson County Fire District No. 3. "There was a little bit of flames, nothing you could see from the street."

The family living in the house was not home when the fire started, but the dogs were trapped inside and suffocated in the smoke, Winfrey said.

"There is heavy smoke damage throughout the house," he said.

Winfrey said two Fire District 3 engines and two Medford Fire-Rescue engines responded to the blaze, and a total of 16 firefighters snuffed out the fire.

Firefighters were wrapping up their work at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Winfrey said.


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