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Resident displaced, no one injured in Central Point fire

Jackson County Fire District 3 and Medford Fire Department firefighters search for hot spots in the attic Monday morning in response to a garage fire at 935 Crest Drive in Central Point. [Nick Morgan / Mail Tribune]

A Central Point home sustained smoke damage, but is believed to be otherwise intact after a Monday morning fire that started in the garage and temporarily closed a neighborhood intersection.

The fire in the 900 block of Crest Drive was first reported about 8:13 a.m. Monday, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon 911 dispatch records and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 Battalion Chief Jeff Bancroft.

The first fire crew — from Fire District 3’s Scenic Station — arrived within three minutes, according to Bancroft.

“We knocked it down pretty quickly,” Bancroft said.

Once on scene, crews including two Fire District 3 engine crews, two Medford Fire Department engine crews found a working fire in the garage of the one-story home, according to Bancroft.

Central Point police, who controlled traffic and closed off the roadway at the Kings Court intersection.

Smoke was seen billowing from the attic space above the garage at around 8:30 a.m., but Bancroft said the fire ultimately never spread to the house. Firefighters drilled some holes in the roof of the home’s living space, but found no fire in the attic space above the house.

“The bulk of the fire damage was contained to the garage,” Bancroft said.

No one was injured, and no pet injuries were reported in the fire, but Bancroft said the home’s single resident likely won’t be able to live in the home for at least a couple days because of smoke damage.

Crews are working with the resident to ensure they have a place to stay from either friends or family, or through the American Red Cross, Bancroft said outside the fire scene.

As of shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, fire investigators were still working to determine the fire’s official cause; however, investigators narrowed the fire’s point of origin as near a clothes washer and dryer in the garage.

Bancroft said dryer fires often start one of two ways: either through a buildup of debris in the dryer, or through a snapped belt that prevents clothing from moving around in the drum and ultimately causes hot spots.

Reach web editor Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwebeditor.