Fire Destroys Two Structures in Merlin

quartz creek fire 2 web_RESIZE Quartz Creek Rd fire 1 web_RESIZEMERLIN, Ore. — The Rural Metro Fire Department in Grants Pass started getting calls from concerned neighbors Monday around 9:15 p.m. that said they heard explosions and saw embers in the sky. When Rural Metro arrived at 4285 Quartz Creek Rd. at about 10:00 p.m., two structures were fully engulfed in flames on the same property, about 40 feet from each other. One structure was a residence, but the homeowner was not at home, and the other was a garage with a living area above it.

Fire crews were at the scene until about 2:30 in the morning extinguishing the flames, but both structures were completely lost. The damages to the buildings cost approximately $150,000, according to Lt. Mike Shaw with Rural Metro Fire. The pictures above show the home before it caught fire and then what fire crews saw when they arrived on scene.