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Eagle Point family escapes blaze that destroys property

Fire destroyed a garage, shed, outbuilding and several vehicles near Eagle Point early Friday, but a family of four escaped the flames unharmed.

Greg Winfrey of Jackson County Fire District No. 3 said a passerby called 911 at 12:52 a.m. after seeing flames on the property at 13499 Highway 62.

Smoke detectors alerted the family their home was ablaze, and they all made it out safely.

Fire crews arrived on the scene in about six minutes, Winfrey said.

"We found an attached garage, shed, three vehicles, a motor home and an outbuilding on fire, fully involved," Winfrey said. "The garage was already falling in when we got there."

Five engines and three water tenders responded, with Jackson County Fire District No. 4 and Medford Fire-Rescue assisting. More than 20 firefighters were on scene.

It took crews about an hour to get the blaze under control. They were able to prevent the flames from spreading into the house, but the exterior suffered some damage. The rest of the structures and property were a total loss, fire officials said.

A damage estimate was not available, and it is not known whether the occupants have insurance. A pet cat had not been recovered, but fire officials believe it escaped.

The fire's cause remained under investigation Friday afternoon.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.