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2-alarm house fire injures 2 in Grants Pass

A Grants Pass home sustained extensive damage, and two individuals sustained minor injuries in the wake of a house fire on Christmas Eve.

The home's residents called in the fire at 1633 Panoramic Loop at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday after coming home to find fire somewhere inside the house, according to a release issued by the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety. The fire quickly spread throughout the structure, prompting a second alarm, and ultimately caused the second floor of the house to collapse.

The floor's collapse hampered firefighting efforts, the release says, and crews weren't able to get the fire under control until 7:02 p.m. — nearly an hour after the first call.

The incident prompted two injuries: one to a resident and one to a firefighter. A home resident sustained minor smoke inhalation injuries because he entered the burning structure searching for family pets prior to first-responders' arrival, and the firefighter sustained a minor ankle injury after he fell from a ladder during the fire attack.

Although the injuries were later determined to be minor, the resident and firefighter were each rushed by American Medical Response ambulance to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

Grants Pass Fire / Rescue crews were also assisted by Rural Metro Fire Dept., Rogue River Fire District, Jackson County Fire Dist. 9, Illinois Valley Fire District and Grants Pass police.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Grants Pass Dept. of Public safety at 541-450-6200.

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