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Family of 12 displaced by fire

A mobile home fire southeast of Eagle Point Sunday night displaced a family, though no injuries were reported.

The family had returned home following a Mother’s Day event and could smell smoke in the house, in the 6400 block of Monte Vista Court, according to Jackson County Fire District No. 3 Battalion Chief Jeff Bancroft. They discovered one of the bedrooms was on fire, with flames blowing out a window.

Three generations of family lived at the address, a double-wide mobile home with an addition on the front, Bancroft said. The American Red Cross reported in a news release that 12 people resided at the property.

“It’s very remote. It’s way out there,” Bancroft said, adding it took crews about 15 to 20 minutes to arrive, and firefighters had to bring four water tenders to the scene, because there was no access to a hydrant.

Crews were on scene for about three hours, performing an initial knockdown and having to remain outside the home to do mop-up work. The flames caused the floor to collapse, officials said.

Four fire engines joined the four water tenders at the scene, with 22 firefighters from Fire District 3, Medford Fire-Rescue and the Lake Creek Rural Fire Department. The house is considered a total loss.

“There’s no way they’re going to be able to live there,” Bancroft said.

The Red Cross assisted the family with housing and other basic necessities.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

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