Flue Fire Threatens Medford Home

MEDFORD, Ore. — Multiple fire crews responded to put out a flue fire this afternoon. Several Medford Fire rescue engines responded to the home on the 800 block of Niantic Street in Medford.

Fire crews say the flue fire from the residents home escaped into the wall. When crews arrived, they were able to extinguish the fire quickly, making sure the flames didn’t spread further to the walls or into the attic. At this point, crews say the fire damage inside the home is minimal.

“In fact it was lighter smoke when we got here, then once we removed the stove because that opened up the flue to the environment inside the living room there. But its very, very light smoke. Not much smoke damage other than the flue itself,” explained Battalion Chief Ron Nelson.

The battalion chief says two people were home at the time of the fire and were not injured. He’s unsure who made the 911 call, but neighbors reported seeing smoke and made sure everyone escaped safely.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators are on scene checking to see if the stove was installed improperly or if the fire started from build-up inside the flue.