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House burns in east Medford

A house in east Medford was gutted by fire Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of this house fire Tuesday at 508 Effie St., in Medford, is under investigation. MFD Photo

Four engine crews — 16 firefighters — from the Medford Fire Department worked to extinguish the blaze, at 508 Effie St. The first Medford Fire Department engine crew arrived within four minutes of the call, which came in about noon.

“Flame and smoke was visible from every window,” said Medford Fire Battalion Chief Sean Schmidt.

Firefighters searched the residence twice to ensure nobody was inside, because they received conflicting reports about whether anyone remained inside, Schmidt said.

The house was built in the 1950s and was approximately 800 square feet in size. It took firefighters 12 minutes to get the blaze under control. They continued well after that to cool down hot spots, Schmidt said.

Though the fire’s cause was still in question, it was unique because it was in such an advanced stage, especially on a clear day.

One would expect a fire that involved on a “foggy night,” Schmidt said.

A man outside of the residence appeared to be in distress but didn’t appear to have been injured as a result of fire or smoke inhalation. Medford police took him to Providence Medford Medical Center for observation.