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Crews douse fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford

A two-alarm fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford spurred a sizable response from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 Tuesday morning.

Medford Fire-Rescue crews responded at 4:49 a.m. to the fire at 2685 N. Pacific Highway. The initial force included four engines, a ladder truck and 19 personnel, according to Deputy Chief of Operations Bryan Baumgartner. The first unit to arrive saw flames spreading from an area containing raw materials, prompting a call for more resources.

“That gave us three additional engines and another ladder truck,” Baumgartner said, adding 14 additional personnel from Medford Fire-Rescue and District 3 responded. Some Mercy Flights paramedics also arrived to monitor firefighters as they extinguished the flames.

About 25 plant personnel assisted firefighters with suppression efforts. Power had to be shut off, and firefighters had to access tough-to-reach areas such as catwalks and roofs.

“Plant personnel are critical in this,” Baumgartner said. “It’s very challenging.”

Firefighters had the blaze mostly knocked down by about 6:40 a.m. and fully controlled by 9:20 a.m., Baumgartner said. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Firefighters responded quickly to a fire at Roseburg Forest Products in Medford Tuesday morning. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune