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Fire damages Ashland home

Ashland fire investigators are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a home on Granite Street Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The owners of the home, who live just down the street, saw what they thought was steam rising from the roof, but noticed no other buildings on the street were steaming, Ashland Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman said. They opened the door and found the house filled with smoke.

Ashland Fire & Rescue was called at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday and had engines at the house in four minutes, Hickman said.

When firefighters arrived, they found fire in the living space and under the floor.

Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and Medford Fire Department assisted with extinguishing the flames. Five engines, one ambulance and four staff officers were called to the fire. Crews worked until about 4 p.m., then continued to check the house through the night for any smoldering hot spots.

Hickman said the fire badly charred the floor beams supporting the house, causing significant structural damage. Smoke and heat filled the rooms, melting plastics and damaging furnishings.

Fire officials don't have a damage estimate yet. Investigators are continuing an investigation into the cause and expect to have details within several days.