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Sams Valley fire destroys barn, leaves several chickens dead

A fire destroyed a large building on a Sams Valley property Tuesday night. (Courtesty photo: Jackson County Fire District No. 3)

SAMS VALLEY — Multiple fire agencies responded to a massive fire in the Sams Valley area Tuesday night that destroyed a barn and killed several chickens, Jackson County Fire District No. 3 reported.

Emergency dispatch received reports of the fire, in the 10000 block of Dennis Road, at 9:42 p.m.

Fire District 3 and Medford Fire-Rescue sent four engines and two water tenders to the scene, arriving about 10 minutes after the initial call went out, said Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Will Clelland.

The first crews on scene saw a large structure — approximately 4,000 square feet — that served as a barn and shop in flames, Clelland said.

“We had a boat on fire outside the building and six or eight quads and motorcycles inside the shop on fire,” Clelland said. “Everything inside was pretty well involved.”

An Oregon Department of Forestry engine arrived to make sure the flames did not extend to nearby wildland following some explosions that reportedly propelled at least one propane tank into a field.

“There wasn’t any spread to the wildland, and so they were just there as a precaution, essentially,” said Natalie Weber, public information officer for ODF’s Southwest Division.

Crews went on the defensive to keep the fire contained to the building and protect other structures. Crews gained the upper hand within about 20 minutes and remained on scene for several hours mopping up, Clelland said.

No evacuations were required, and the residents were able to get a horse out of a nearby pen, but four chickens in a coop died, Clelland said. No other injuries were reported, and no street closures were required.

The structure is considered a total loss, Clelland said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanpfeil.