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Medford mostly fire-free on busy Fourth

Medford Fire-Rescue had a busy Fourth of July but no major fires, according to Battalion Chief Jason John.

John said Medford-Fire received 93 calls Saturday, roughly three times the normal amount, but no major fires were reported.

“Little grass fire here, little brush fire there, but nothing significant,” he said, adding that the only structure fire — which was quickly squelched — started when somebody put their fireworks into a trash can then pulled the can into their garage.

A fire was reported Sunday in west Medford that tore through two houses connected to each other on the 800 block of 13th Street. Nobody was home or injured, but John said crews arrived to find the back of the larger home and the front of the smaller one burning “pretty well.”

“So crews got to work pretty quick and were able to stop it,” he said. “Neither one of the places burned down, but there was three or four rooms that were destroyed.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Medford Fire & Rescue responds to a fire Sunday at 843 W. 13th Street in Medford on Sunday. The fire is still under investigation.Photos courtesy of Tim Evinger.
Medford Fire & Rescue responds to a fire Sunday at 843 W. 13th Street in Medford on Sunday. The fire is still under investigation.Photos courtesy of Tim Evinger.