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No one hurt in Sunday Medford house fire

A woman was able to exit her west Medford home safely with her dog when a late Sunday morning fire began putting off a considerable amount of smoke in one of the rooms.

The incident drew six fire engines from two Rogue Valley fire agencies to the scene, located at 424 Plum St.

Emergency dispatch began receiving multiple reports of smoke coming from the home at 10:56 a.m. The first crew on scene, from Medford Fire-Rescue, arrived within four minutes, according to battalion chief Erin Sawall.

“They encountered pretty heavy smoke conditions coming from the front and back side of the structure,” Sawall said.

Initially, crews were unsure if anyone was still inside. They quickly determined where the fire was burning, located in one of the rooms in the northwest corner, as it began spreading to the attic. While firefighters began their initial attack on the flames, police on scene informed department officials that the home’s single occupant and her small dog had exited safely. Crews completed a search of the home anyway, which is protocol, Sawall said.

Firefighters knocked down the fire within minutes, a task made more challenging by the amount of personal property crews had to navigate around, Sawall said.

The response packed the immediate stretch of Plum Street in front of the home with engines from Medford Fire and Jackson County Fire District No. 3.

Though fire officials know where the fire started, its cause remains under investigation.

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

Crews from Medford Fire-Rescue extinguish a house fire on Plum Street Sunday. No one was injured (Ryan Pfeil, Mail Tribune)