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One hospitalized in west Medford apartment fire

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a west Medford apartment fire Wednesday.

The status of the occupant was not immediately available Thursday. Fire officials said the injured person lived at the eight-unit complex but not in the unit that caught fire.

The two-alarm fire, reported at 5:14 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Beatty Street, drew seven fire engines and 25 firefighters, said Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Jason John. Callers reported seeing smoke coming from the window of an apartment on the second floor.

“We had a pretty quick response with some of the engines that were just driving around,” John said. “We were there within five minutes.”

The first personnel on scene spotted smoke and flames coming from the second-story window. Firefighters had some initial difficulty making access to the complex.

“We were dealing with alleys and locked gates and stuff like that,” John said. “So it took a little bit of time getting our engines back in there with the hoses. They were able to squeeze an engine back there, and then they were able to deploy their hoses from that location.”

Firefighters were able to keep the flames confined to the apartment and had the fire under control in a matter of minutes, John said. No firefighters were injured.

“It was pretty cut and dry,” John said.

The fire damaged a room in the apartment and an adjacent hallway. No one was home at the time, John said. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com.