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Fire torches vacant home under renovation

A fire ripped through a vacant east Medford home that was under renovation early today, drawing several engines to the scene and causing about $30,000 in damage to the structure.

Medford Fire-Rescue officials reported the first 911 calls in response to the blaze came in at about 2:30 a.m., with fire and smoke roaring off a home in the 2000 block of Windermere Drive. Agency Battalion Chief Erin Sawall said four engines were on scene in about six minutes, and arrived to see large flames rocketing off the home's west side.

"One whole side of the structure was pretty engulfed in fire," Sawall said.

Crews knocked down the flames in about 10 minutes. Portions of the home's roof were also scorched, but Sawall said most of the damage was confined to the home's western portion. No one was injured.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, but no evidence has been collected so far to suggest it was set intentionally.

"They're looking into several causes," Sawall said.