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Central Point fire sends man to hospital

A 78-year-old man was taken to the hospital following a house fire Sunday 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. His condition was not available Sunday.

"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," said Will Clelland, Fire District 3 acting battalion chief. "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," Clelland said.

Emergency vehicles packed Third Street between Crater Lane and Hazel Street during firefighting efforts. Pacific Power also responded, cutting power to the house as flames threatened electrical lines that could have burned through. 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.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.