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House catches fire twice

A two-story house outside Eagle Point is badly damaged after it caught fire twice Wednesday.

Fire first struck the front of the two-story home at 1486 Craiglea Drive late Wednesday morning, but the attic caught fire again some five hours after the first flames were first knocked down, bringing Jackson County Fire District 3 and Medford Fire-Rescue crews back to the scene. 

"It's definitely not what we want," District 3 spokeswoman Ashley Lara said.

Investigators looking into causes of the initial fire spotted flames about 5 p.m. and called four engines and a water tender back to the rural Eagle Point property. Six engines and three water tenders had been at the scene earlier that day, after witnesses spotted flames and thick, black smoke on the hillside from Antelope Road at about 11:10 a.m. and called 911, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon records.

No one was injured in either fire. When the initial fire broke, the two adults who were home evacuated safely, as did their two dogs, Lara said. The home's residents were still on scene with investigators when the second fire broke, according to Lara. The Red Cross said it assisted four adults and one child who live at the home. 

Lara said it'll take some time to determine what caused the fire to flare up again, though she believes the dry weather and heat played a role.

When crews first arrived at the initial fire about 11:20 a.m., fire and smoke had spread to both floors, according to Lara, but crews were able to salvage items from the top floor of the house as of about 12:30 p.m., when the first fire had been largely knocked down. 

Tankers from the three agencies trucked about 5,000 gallons of water to the rural property located at the far end of an easement.

"These types of fires can spread to the wildlands," Lara said.

The cause of both fires remains under investigation. 

Jackson County property records show that house has belonged to Jesse and Sherri Altamirano since April 2015. The 1,973-square-foot house was built in 2003.

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

Firefighters from three agencies responded to a house fire today at 1486 Craiglea Drive east of Medford. [Photo courtesy Fire District 3]