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Gold Hill man suffers smoke inhalation in fire

Trailer, several vehicles destroyed
Firefighters are shown at the scene of a blaze in the 700 block of Second Avenue in Gold Hill early Tuesday. JCSO photo

A mobile home and several vehicles were destroyed by fire early Tuesday in the 700 block of Gold Hill, and the owner of the trailer suffered smoke inhalation and required medical treatment.

“Multiple mobile homes were threatened,” the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release about the fire, which was reported just after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputies evacuated surrounding homes and shut down Second Avenue. Personnel from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 worked to extinguish the blaze and were assisted by the Medford Fire Department.

Along with the loss of the trailer and vehicles, two other homes were damaged because the heat caused them to melt.

The homeowner told firefighters he was using two space heaters inside the home before the fire and that smoke awakened him. The man had no working smoke alarms in the trailer, the release said.

“The smoke was thick, so he crawled out by feeling his way toward the door just in time before it became fully engulfed,” JCSO noted in the release.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.