Two households displaced by Central Point fires
Two Central Point households were displaced after fires in their homes Sunday, although no people were injured in either blaze.
Neither family will be able to live in the house again anytime soon, fire officials said,
Police first responded to a call of a structure fire in the 1200 block of Freeman Road at 8:51 a.m. Crews from Jackson County Fire District 3 and Medford Fire-Rescue were then dispatched, Four adults and three pets escaped without injury.
Battalion chief Mike Calhoun said firefighters made “quick work” of the blaze, which originated in a bedroom. They had the fire under control within 10 to 15 minutes, he said.
Part of the house remains standing, as the fire spread through two bedrooms and an attic space, but Calhoun said the damage from flames and smoke have made the house uninhabitable.
At 5:26 p.m., fire crews were called to another home, in the 800 block of Pine Street. This fire seemed to start in the second story of the house. Firefighters were able to contain the fire within 40 minutes. They opened a vent in the ceiling to help heat escape, which helped them bring the fire under control, Calhoun said.
Every person living in the house made it out of the fire, but a cat was still missing an hour later.
Local Red Cross responders are helping the family of four and their pets find temporary shelter and receive resources that could help them figure out their next steps, said Catherine Parks, a regional spokeswoman.
“We follow up with them and look at their transition and see if they have any additional barriers toward progress to getting reestablished,” she said.
Justyn Westensee said his sister “lost everything” in the Pine Street fire.
“The hardest part is coming back from this: getting clothes, paying your bills,” Westensee said. He also experienced a fire the home when he was growing up, he said.
“When it happened, I didn’t want to talk to anybody,” he said. “I just kind of shut down.”
Parks said that the Red Cross tries to connect families, which it defines as people who were living together before a disaster and who are seeking to live together after, with resources ranging from immediate physical needs to mental health workers, prescriptions and other resources.
Investigations into the causes of both fires are ongoing.