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Firefighters pull 2 from blaze

Two people are in serious condition following a two-alarm house fire in Central Point Saturday morning.

Firefighters pulled two people out of a burning house at 142 Wilson Road near Central Point just after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon and Jackson County Fire District 3 reports. 

One victim was unconscious and the other was conscious when taken from the home, Battalion Chief Myron Harvey said. Both were transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center, where they were listed in serious condition. Harvey said it's common to call a second alarm when victims are inside.

The conscious victim, a man, was taken from the home through a window, according to Harvey, and firefighters removed an unconscious elderly woman from her bedroom in the back of the home and out through the front.

Next-door neighbor Jerry May said the victims inside were his sister, Peggy Clark, and nephew, John Crawford. Jackson County property records show that Clark is the home's owner.

"I heard them screaming for help," May said. "They wouldn't have gotten out of there if it weren't for the fire department."

A total of six engines responded to the scene, four from Fire District 3 and two from Medford Fire-Rescue. The first engine from Fire District 3's Table Rock station arrived within minutes, according to Harvey, and crews promptly staged for a rescue.

Where and how the fire started in the home is under investigation, according to Harvey. He described the damage inside the home as extensive. May said there was an electrical fire in the house years ago.

"There's a lot of damage within the house from smoke and heat and fire," Harvey said, adding that the damage makes it a challenge to pinpoint where it started.

Jackson County Animal Services transported two dogs to a veterinarian, according to Harvey, but two other dogs perished in the fire.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Firefighters and ambulance personnel prepare to transport two people rescued from a burning house at 142 Wilson Road near Central Point Saturday. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch