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Man hospitalized after Central Point house fire

A 78-year-old man was taken to the hospital following a house fire today in Central Point that severely damaged one room and packed a stretch of North Third Street with emergency responders.

Fire officials said the man was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center for smoke inhalation and potential burns, but that they did not know his condition.

"We don't actually know yet whether he was in the building or outside the building when the fire started, and we're not sure how he obtained his injuries," Fire District 3 acting battalion chief Will Clelland said. "He was suffering from what appeared to be some respiratory injuries from smoke inhalation, and potentially burns. We don't have all of those answers yet."

Crews received the emergency call at 3:46 p.m. Three engines responded from Jackson County Fire District 3, with two more from Medford Fire-Rescue.

"Our first unit on scene found heavy fire and smoke exiting from one side of the structure," said acting battalion chief Will Clelland of Fire District 3.

Crews packed North Third Street between Crater Lane and Hazel Street during firefighting efforts. Pacific Power also responded to cut power to the house, as flames threatened electrical lines and could have burned through them. There were also several trees surrounding the home, which could have helped the fire spread.

Crews had the fire under control in just a few minutes, Clelland said. Damage was primarily confined to one room, with additional smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure. A damage estimate was not available.

No one else was home at the time of the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil