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Man identified in fatal White City explosion

An explosion and fire April 21 at a warehouse in White City left one man dead. JCSO photo

Furious Talon Eldridge, 24, of Medford, has been identified as the person who died last month in a fire and explosion at a warehouse in White City.

Eldridge died at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland after sustaining severe injuries the evening of April 21 at an industrial building in the 1500 block of Antelope Road, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Moran.

Moran released few new details about the fire at the warehouse, which is being treated as suspicious by the sheriff’s office, the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

“Thus far the case is still very active,” Moran said.

The explosion and fire — which police believe stemmed from an “illegal cannabis extraction process” — was reported at 8:17 p.m. April 21. It caused extensive damage to the building, impacted power and internet services in the White City area and sparked a wildfire in the Denman Wildlife Area.

Police, firefighters and Mercy Flights paramedics found Eldridge and two other as-yet unidentified individuals with burns. Eldridge and another man were airlifted to the hospital in Portland.

Moran did not provide information regarding the medical status of the second man airlifted to Portland, but he said detectives were able to make contact and interview a fourth person who witnesses saw fleeing the scene of the fire.

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