A homemade propane-powered meat smoker left unattended started a fire that destroyed a shop next to a home at 1782 Jasmine Ave. in southwest Medford this morning, fire investigators said.

(Updated 3:10 p.m.) A homemade propane-powered meat smoker left unattended started a fire that destroyed a shop next to a home at 1782 Jasmine Ave. in southwest Medford this morning, fire investigators said.

The man who lives at the home, Josie Clayton, built the smoker 15 years ago and fired it up this morning to smoke some salmon. Clayton left and the smoker caught nearby combustables on fire, Medford Deputy Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe said.

Flames quickly tore through a shed and spread to a workshop and a large firewood pile.
Sletmoe said the fire caused about $40,000 worth of damage.

“The clear lesson here is not to leave flame-powered devices unattended,” said Sletmoe.

(10:15 a.m.) Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a shop next to a home in the 1700 block of Jasmine Avenue in southwest Medford this morning.

The fire was reported at 8:42 a.m. and firefighters from Medford, Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and Jacksonville responded, Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Dave Bierwiler said. Ten fire trucks and 25 firefighters came to fight the blaze, which was quickly knocked down.

Bierwiler said crews were concerned that the blaze could spread to adjacent homes, but confined it to the shop building.

Jasmine Avenue was open to local traffic only while fire crews worked.

Now that the fire is extinguished, investigators will seek the cause of the fire.

Bierwiler said no one was home at the time the fire broke out. Neighbors reported it.

Terry Wiley, a neighbor who lives nearby on Minear Road, said he heard a boom and ran over to see what was happening. He saw smoke and flames coming from the building, then heard two more booms about 20 seconds apart as things inside the shop heated up.