NEAR MEDFORD, Ore. – Just a day before Thanksgiving, a fire burns down most of a Medford home. The homeowners were not at home when the fire began, and crews are still looking into how it sparked.
The house was on top of a large hill and firefighters had to wind their way up to actually get to the fire. As a result, one half burned and another half was saved. Medford Firefighters responded to the home in the 5000 block of Griffin Creek Road around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Crews from Applegate Fire arrived a short time later. Firefighters say they do not know how the fire started, but said the homeowners were not there. Five water tenders were hauled up the steep hill and used to battle the flames.
Crews say a natural break in the two sections of the building allowed firefighters to prevent one half from being damaged, but they say the living area was destroyed. The fire was called in by someone who saw the thick black smoke. The plume was visible from downtown Medford.
Firefighters say it took a short time to realize which property in the remote area the smoke was coming from. Firefighters have not had a chance to get in touch with the homeowners. They’re still going to remain on scene to investigate exactly how this fire sparked.