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Medford apartment fire burns itself out by the time crews arrive

A fire burned part of an apartment early Friday, but firefighters didn't have to use much water because the flames already had snuffed themselves out by the time crews arrived. 

The fire was reported at 3:59 a.m. in the 200 block of North Ivy Street. Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Ken Goodson said four engines responded to the scene and found smoke venting from a downstairs apartment. 

Crews found flames burning on a wall near the apartment kitchen area and a lounge chair, but the fire was mostly out by then. 

"We get those occasionally," Goodson said. "It's not uncommon, but I'm surprised nobody in the area noticed. It must have been really tight. Not a lot of smoke must have seeped out.

"That was kind of the unusual aspect of this; that no one noticed it sooner."

The blaze caused smoke damage throughout the one-bedroom apartment, but a damage estimate was not available. Crews were on scene for about 30 minutes.

The resident was not home at the time. The cause was unknown, but fire officials don't believe it is suspicious in nature.

"Early indications aren't that way, but that could change based on the investigation," Goodson said. 

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