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Talent mobile home fire snuffed quickly

Thanks to quick response, a Talent fire that sent flames through the roof of a manufactured home was contained to a single room.

The fire, reported at 12:07 p.m. Tuesday at 236 Talent Ave., drew crews from Jackson County Fire District 5, Medford Fire-Rescue and Ashland Fire & Rescue. They snuffed out the fire within 10 minutes and contained it to the fire’s “room of origin,” according to District 5 Deputy Chief Vince Lockett.

Homeowners told fire investigators they were in the living room when their smoke alarm went off. A resident checked the electrical box, saw flames coming out of it, shut the breaker box door and fled the home.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started, according to Lockett.

Adjacent to the electrical box are natural gas lines feeding to a furnace, which apparently sent the flames up, rather than out.

“It’s kind of weird the way it burned,” Lockett said.

The home’s location at the far end of the park meant more than 600 yards of hose had to be laid through the park’s driveway to connect a fire truck with a hydrant on the sidewalk.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneFirefighters chat Tuesday after saving a residence in a trailer park off Talent Avenue in Talent.