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Rural home destroyed after explosions

A home outside Phoenix has been burned throughout, and two people were minimally hurt in a two-alarm fire early Saturday evening.

Multiple explosions were reported at 1975 Camp Baker Road just after 5 p.m., according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Weaver. A child occupant in the home suffered minor injuries during the fire, and a firefighter sustained an injury along the lines of a sprain, according to Weaver, who added that neither of the two injured individuals needed to go to the hospital.

The fire was first reported at 5:07 p.m., according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon reports, and reached two-alarm status before being swiftly knocked down, according to a firefighters engaged in mop-up of the fire.

It’s not immediately known where the fire started or what caused it, according to Weaver. Sheriff’s deputies are aiding Jackson County Fire District No. 5 in the fire investigation because there’s “believed to be a criminal element” to the fire, Weaver said. Further details as to the nature of the investigation were not immediately available.

Other agencies that responded included Ashland Fire & Rescue, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and Phoenix police.

Nick Morgan/Mail TribuneCrews mop-up a fire involving multiple explosions Saturday evening in the 1900 block of Camp Baker Road.