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Firefighters try to save family photos

A large storage shed filled with family memorabilia caught fire early Tuesday in the 4000 block of Old Stage Road near Lane Creek Road in Gold Hill.

"There was lots of smoke damage," said Battalion Chief Mike Calhoun of Fire District No. 3. "There was a couple of generations of stuff in there."

Damage to the 20-foot by 40-foot building was confined to the storage area and attic as firefighters quickly put the blaze out.

"We had a great save on it," Calhoun said.

No one was injured and fire investigators will attempt to determine the cause on Wednesday.

Calhoun estimated the loss at $2,000, mainly because of smoke damage to old photos and furniture. He said most of the fire was contained to the storage area of the building and the attic, though power was knocked out to the well pump located in another part of the building.

Four engines and two water tenders were sent to the blaze, including support from Medford and Jacksonville fire crews.

The call came in at 9:05 a.m, and the first engine from the Central Point station arrived on the scene at 9:15 a.m. By 9:25 a.m. the fire was under control.

Calhoun said he could see the column of smoke from Fire District No. 3's White City station.

By the time he got there, much of the fire had been knocked down.

He said a man living at the house told him that he and his mother had moved there from the Midwest.

“They were pretty stoic,” Calhoun said. “The guy was mostly disappointed that the power didn’t operate to the well pump.”

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

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