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Medford carport fire displaces two people

Fire destroyed a carport and caused heavy damage to a mobile home in south Medford early today, displacing two men who escaped without injury.

The fire was reported at 3:55 a.m. at a mobile home park at 3957 S. Pacific Highway, and crews from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded with four engines and 12 personnel. The first crews on scene saw a "well involved" carport, according to Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Erin Sawall.

An elderly man who lived in the mobile home was helped out of the structure by neighbors who saw the flames. A middle-aged man who had been staying at the residence in the walled-in carport area also made it out safely. Fire crews had the flames knocked down quickly.

"The whole fire was controlled within 10 minutes," Sawall said.

During knockdown efforts, several containers of gas and propane exploded, Sawall said.

The fire destroyed the carport and caused thousands of dollars in damage to the outside of the mobile home. Fire crews were working with the American Red Cross to find temporary lodging for the men. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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