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ASHLAND: Fire destroys home in rural area south of town

A residence on Old Siskiyou Highway burned to the ground Saturday evening, as a result of a a lamp that was likely knocked over by pets, according to Capt. Aaron Bustard of Fire District 5, whose crews fought the blaze

They found the single-story home fully involved, with fire coming out all windows, front and back, when they arrived at 8:08 p.m., he said. The resident, Michael Albrechtsen, noticed the fire while visiting a neighbor and called 911 at 8:02 p.m.

Albrechtsen then battled the blaze with a garden hose, but was unsuccessful. No one was in the home at the time.

“It was pretty severe damage and will probably have to be rebuilt,” said Bustard. “We knocked down the body of the fire pretty quickly.”

After interviewing the resident, Bustard said it seemed most likely, looking at the site of fire origin, that pets had knocked over the lamp on the entertainment center, as they had in the past, and it landed on bedding material and set it ablaze. 

The residence was just up from the highway loop, at 4415 Old Highway 99 South, about 11 miles south of Ashland.

Fighting the fire were two structural engines and two water tenders from Fire District 5, two fire engines from Ashland FD and a water tender from Medford Fire.