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MFD investigation into cause of house fire ongoing

Police detectives said the blaze appeared not to have been related to criminal activity

Medford Police detectives assisted the Medford Fire Department with its initial cause investigation after a two-alarm house fire in the 1700 block of Dakota Avenue had been extinguished on Wednesday.

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Two people were transported to the hospital for burns, according to the MFD.

The fire was reported to emergency dispatch at about 5 a.m. Wednesday. It was elevated to a two-alarm by firefighters, who arrived to see flames coming out of the residence, according to previous reporting.

Medford Fire Department photo

Streets in the area were closed to traffic for a few hours while emergency personnel worked at the location.

There had been social media comments about the possible cause being drug related. Police advised that the fire didn’t appear to have been the result of criminal activity, however.

“The house is known to us,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

There were no indications the fire resulted from operation of a drug lab or production of butane honey oil, for example, Budreau also said.

There have been other fires in the past that started because of such illegal activities, he said.

Butane honey oil -- also known as butane hash oil -- is created from marijuana using butane as a soaking solvent. It’s then used by ingesting, smoking or vaporizing, the Fire and Burn Foundation explained on its website, fireandburn.org.

Budreau emphasized that the fire department is the lead investigative agency for the fire.

Its cause remains under investigation by the MFD.