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Dogs perish in southwest Medford fire

An evening fire in southwest Medford paired minimal damage with significant heartbreak.

Two dogs perished after an electrical fire broke at the side of a home at 1455 Rome Beauty Lane, but swift response from firefighters confined the damage to one home and spared the home’s habitability.

The first responder arrived within three minutes of the first 911 call at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon reports and Medford Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Melissa Cano.

A couple in pajamas held each other and wept outside the home as crews brought electrical fans into the home to clear out smoke.

The fire largely attacked the exterior siding of the home, Cano said. The fire was only a few feet and a short fence away from a neighboring home.

The dogs had reportedly been confined at the side of a gated area at the side of the home’s garage.

The only interior damage were a couple small holes cut into the walls of two bedrooms to ensure that attic flames had been extinguished, according to Cano. She anticipated that the damage was small enough that the family could return to it tonight.

Earlier in the evening, however, the fire drew concern in the neighborhood.

Nearby neighbor Kevin Roberts said he returned home from work and saw an orange glow and “a very active fire.” He saw embers and flames the height of the home just before the first engine arrived.

As of Tuesday evening, a fire investigator had narrowed down the fire’s cause to an electrical issue that was accidental, according to Cano. The exact cause wasn’t yet known; however, an investigator was still studying an outdoor electrical outlet that had been plugged in as possibly involved.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

A couple grieve the loss of two dogs following a fire on Rome Beauty Lane. The cause has been determined accidental and electrical in nature. Mail Tribune photo / Nick Morgan