East Medford home damaged in fire
An east Medford home’s attic sustained heavy damage after a fire broke out Wednesday morning.
Crews from Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the blaze, at 2300 Alcan Drive, at 6:52 a.m., dispatch records show.
The first engine was on scene within five minutes, said Medford Fire-Rescue battalion chief Brian Farber. A fire was burning in the attic, putting out a column of smoke that was visible from across town. The home’s occupants already had left for work, and no injuries were reported. A total of four engines and 12 personnel showed up to extinguish the blaze. The flames were knocked down in about 10 minutes, followed by overhaul. No additional homes had to be evacuated.
“Right now, the only damage is us getting into that attic space, where we’ve got to pull some ceiling to get to that (fire),” Farber said. “We got the vehicle out of the garage.”
Crews were able to keep the flames confined to the attic and helped to salvage some personal property.
“We tried to grab all the stuff that’s important,” Farber said. “All the photos and personal belongings.”
Bob Pollock, who has lived at the home since his childhood, said he had left for work at 6:30 a.m. and received a phone call about the fire just after arriving and returned to the scene. As firefighters wrapped up extinguishing the fire, neighbors and family offered their support.
“It’s a really good area. I’ve lived here a long time,” Pollock said.
A damage estimate from the fire was not immediately available. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
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