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Addictions Recovery Center regroups following Sunday fire

No programs or services have been affected at Addictions Recovery Center following a severe fire Sunday at one of the Medford-based nonprofit’s buildings on East Main Street, though some had to be relocated to other facilities, along with some staff.

Most of the 10 affected personnel, a group of clinicians and interns, moved from Building C at 1003 E. Main St. to 1025 E. Main St., which houses most of ARC’s outpatient services and a walk-in clinic.

“A couple” of others moved to ARC’s administrative building, said ARC Communications Manager Joe Wilson.

“We actually opened up this morning at 8. Business as usual,” Wilson said Tuesday. “We just were able to open and continue things uninterrupted, which has been kind of amazing, actually. And a lot of hard work for folks.”

Building C housed mostly specialty programs, Wilson added, including community-family court, gambling addiction services and DUII classes, along with group meeting spaces. Treatment for those clients has been shifted to other buildings but remains on the same campus.

“At any given time, we have groups of 30 or 40 people happening several times a day,” Wilson said. “In outpatient, in particular, we have hundreds of clients at any given time.”

The fire was first reported at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, drawing a coordinated seven-engine response from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District No. 3. Firefighters spent about 50 minutes battling the flames before knocking them down. No one was injured, but the blaze left a heavily damaged roof and attic space, with smoke damage throughout much of the building.

The cause remains under investigation.

Medford Fire-Rescue officials are working with an insurance company investigator to determine the cause, but heavy HVAC units need to be removed from an attic space for the investigation to progress. The structural integrity of the space was compromised by the flames and won’t be safe for investigators to enter until the units are taken out, said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Kleinberg.

“They’re going to bring some equipment out (and) remove those,” Kleinberg said. “Then we’ll get a better idea of trying to find out exactly where it started. We know the general area in the attic, but we couldn’t work in there due to safety reasons.”

When the investigation is complete, ARC officials will work to determine the damage costs. At this point, the building is believed to be salvageable.

“That’ll be a work in progress we’ll determine in the coming days,” Wilson said.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

Firefighters with Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District 3 battled a blaze that began in the attic of an Addictions Recovery Center outpatient building Sunday afternoon. Kaylee Tornay / Mail Tribune.