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Talent house destroyed by fire

A two-alarm fire destroyed a house in Talent early Thursday morning.

Jackson County Fire District 5 responded to an alarm in the 1000 block of Talent Avenue at 4:26 a.m. The owner had been sleeping in a trailer on the property because the heating system in his home reportedly wasn't working, according to engineer Dave Meads. He reportedly awoke to a crashing noise, awoke and saw flames raging inside the house.

The man called 911. He was the only person living on the property and no animals were inside, Meads said.

District 5 and Ashland Fire & Rescue responded with two engines apiece, along with an engine from Medford Fire-Rescue. About 20 firefighters were on scene. The fire was blazing out all of the windows and doors on the house when firefighters arrived, Meads said.

"It was about 80 percent involved," he said. "We had a house right behind it ... and there was a shop garage ... on the property." Firefighters were able to protect both structures during their efforts to extinguish the fire.

"We had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 10 minutes, but we had some pretty extensive overhaul," Meads said, adding crews had to pull down ceilings to get at flames that had crept into the attic.

The house is considered a total loss, Meads said. The owner will remain on the property and continue to live in the trailer, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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