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Fire at Double R Pub still under investigation

Did they ever figure out what caused that big building fire in Rogue River?

— David

The cause of the April 2 fire in Rogue River is still under investigation, according to Rogue River Fire District Chief Mike Hammond and Deputy Oregon State Fire Marshal Sam Lashley.

An explosion was reportedly heard just prior to 2:47 a.m., when 911 calls about the blaze started coming in. The explosion came from a propane tank behind the structure, Hammond said.

“It was probably not the cause (of the fire). It was a result,” Hammond said.

Crews from Rogue River Fire District responded to the fire at a small strip mall where the Double R Pub is located. The first units on scene called for a third alarm, which brought in additional aid from numerous area fire departments, including the Evans Valley Fire District, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Rural Metro Fire, Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Medford Fire-Rescue, Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9 and the Williams Fire Department.

Rogue River police and Oregon State Police also responded.

A nearby home had to be evacuated, but the fire did not spread to it. The majority of the damage was to the Double R Pub, with some damage to a laundromat and antiques store that were on either side of the business.

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