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Mobile home burns down outside Ashland Thursday

A mobile home outside Ashland burned down early Thursday morning, but the sole occupant and his two pets made it out OK, fire officials said.

Jackson County Fire District No. 5 responded to the blaze, located in the 8000 block of Dead Indian Memorial Road, at 12:54 a.m., according to dispatch records. Crews arrived on scene at 1:19 a.m. after venturing about eight miles up the winding stretch of road to find the mobile home fully engulfed in flames, according to Capt. Bob Holt.

“It was already on the ground, meaning the structure had collapsed in on itself,” Holt said.

The male resident awakened to flames inside the structure, Holt said. He fled the structure with his dog and cat. Fire District 5 responded with two engines, three water tenders and a grass rig, with additional units from Ashland Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry, officials said.

Crews went on the defensive and made sure the fire didn’t spread to the surrounding wildland, as the damage to the home was already so severe, Holt said.

A vehicle parked nearby was also destroyed. No injuries were reported. Most firefighters had left the scene by 3:23 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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