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Garage, vehicles damaged in house fire

A Sunday morning fire in northeast Medford caused heavy damage to a home’s garage and two vehicles parked outside, but fire officials say no one was injured in the blaze that shot up a column of ashy smoke over the valley.

An engine crew from Medford Fire-Rescue was already en route to the area to check out a prior smoke report — smoke that would later turn out to be emanating from the house fire — when they were dispatched to the 2000 block of Jubliant Avenue at 8:43 a.m., according to emergency dispatch records.

“They transitioned from smoke in the area to a structure fire,” John said. “By the time it was dispatched as a structure fire, it was almost here.”

Everyone made it out of the home safely, according to Medford Fire battalion chief Jason John. How many people live in the home was not immediately available.

Crews arrived on scene to see the home’s garage “heavily involved,” John said, adding that the flames were beginning to spread to the house. A total of five engines from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District 3 arrived, with 17 personnel attacking the flames. Crews had the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes — first dousing the flames from the exterior, then moving inside to ensure no flames spread into the home’s main living area.

“There was (smoke) damage throughout the house, but we were able to stop it at the garage,” John said.

No other nearby structures were evacuated. Medford police closed nearby Pleasant and Coquette streets during firefighting efforts. Both reopened just after 10 a.m., John said. The fire's cause is still under investigation.

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

Photo courtesy of Medford police.