UPDATED: Home likely total loss after Thursday night fire
A Central Point structure fire closed a section of Highway 99 for about an hour Thursday night while crews ran hose lines across the road to battle the flames.
Fire officials says some pet birds died in the fire, and at least one dog is still listed as missing. No one else was injured.
The fire was reported at 10:03 p.m. at 2489 Scenic Ave. Fire officials said one of the three or so occupants arrived home to see flames and smoke pouring from the structure's interior. They called 911. Jackson County Fire District 3 responded with three engines and three water tenders, as crews were uncertain about water access in the area. Medford Fire-Rescue and some District 3 interns also responded with additional engines.
"It wasn't a huge visible fire, but we definitely had flames coming out from some front windows," said Rod Edwards, Fire District 3 battalion chief.
Crews laid hoses across Highway 99 to the railroad tracks, closing the road temporarily. Edwards said Central Point police and Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputies assisted. No train traffic was affected.
Edwards said the home was an older structure that may have had some remodeling done, which made it difficult for crews to beat back the flames.
"It was pretty stubborn. We had to go at it a couple times," he said. "It was sort of an unusual compartmentalization in the house."
It took an hour to extinguish the fire. Edwards said the structure is likely a total loss, but that some items may be salvageable. The cause remains under investigation, but firefighters say a propane-fueled space heater that was close to some combustibles may have been the culprit. Electrical issues are also being considered. Investigators will be back on scene today.
— Ryan Pfeil
Updated 4 p.m. Fire officials said the missing dog and pet birds died in the fire.
The dog was missing for a few hours after the blaze was reported, but was found inside the burned home. “When he was found he was deceased,” said John Patterson, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 fire marshal.