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Police investigating trash fires

Police suspect a male set four fires within about a four-block area of downtown Medford Thursday night.

Medford police haven’t released a name or description of a suspect, saying detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses in and around the area.

“Then we’ll have more information once we can confirm some things,” said Medford police Sgt. Kim Budreau.

All the fires were ignited over a roughly two-hour period in public garbage cans, City Emergency Manager Melissa Cano said.

“Which isn’t normal for fires. That generally leads us to believe that it’s arson,” Budreau said.

Information was not available on how the fires were set.

Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the first fire, at the intersection of Evergreen and East Eighth streets, at 8:56 p.m., emergency dispatch logs show. Thirty-seven minutes later, at 9:33 p.m., a crew was en route to the 200 block of South Front Street near the Greyhound Bus station.

While on scene, crews spotted a third trash fire no more than 200 feet away.

“Almost not even a different location,” Cano said.

Crews doused the fourth fire near East Main Street and South Riverside Avenue around 11 p.m. All of the fires were snuffed quickly, requiring a single engine crew for each one.

“None of them caused any damage really, other than to the trash cans themselves,” Cano said.

Police hope to have more information on a suspect later Friday.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

Police suspect a male set four fires within about a four-block area of downtown Medford Thursday night.