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Medford mattress fire snuffed

Firefighters stopped a fire that started on a mattress abandoned on an east Medford sidewalk Wednesday night, the second fire in three weeks to hit the area with an as-yet undetermined cause.

Emergency dispatch received a call at 9:17 p.m. after a resident noticed a glow coming from the 2000 block of Brookhurst Drive from his vantage point on nearby Campus Drive, according to Chase Browning, Medford Fire-Rescue fire inspector. When the glow quickly grew in intensity, he called 911.

Meanwhile, a resident on Brookhurst Drive spotted the flames emanating from a mattress he had taken out earlier to leave on the curb so someone could pick it up. The resident grabbed a garden hose and began spraying water on the burning mattress.

Multiple engines arrived on scene and finished the job of extinguishing the blaze. The damage was confined to the mattress, which was destroyed, and an “adjacent patch of vegetation” nearby, according to a Medford Fire-Rescue Facebook post. No injuries were reported.

Only July 21, crews responded to a fire about three houses down, Browning said. The flames damaged an awning on a Winnebago RV parked in front of a house, Browning said. The cause of both fires remains unknown. Fire officials hesitate to call either incident arson at this point, as it could have been accidental, caused by a flicked cigarette butt or some other unintentional ignition source.

“We’re looking at everything at this point,” Browning said.

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

Medford fire crews and an alert citizen put out a fire that torched a mattress on an east Medford sidewalk. It's the second unsolved fire to hit the area in less than a month. (Photo by Medford Fire-Rescue)