MEDFORD, Ore. – Both Medford Fire and Rescue and Medford police continue to investigate an early morning fire that destroyed the Marie Callender’s restaurant on Biddle road.
When fire crews arrived part of the building already collapsed as it burned. Crews said it was a defensive fight from the beginning, and now the investigation is at a halt until Tuesday because heavy machinery must be used to tear down the walls and make the scene safe for investigators to go inside the building.
Currently, investigators can only gather evidence from the outside of the building and its surrounds, as well as talk with witnesses who saw the fire.
Investigators are considering the fire suspicious, only in the sense that they cannot rule out arson. They said they have an idea on how the fire was started but are waiting to get inside to verify their theory.
Fire officials said the fire was so big because the fog probably prevented people from seeing it, meaning it could have been reported late, and it was an attic fire which tends to spread fast.
“Once it gets into the attic, everything is combustible up there, and it’ll spread right through from one side to the other, “said Medford Fire Marshal, Greg Kleinberg.
NewsWatch 12 spoke with a representative of the company at the site today, but they declined to comment on what happens going forward and what this means for the store’s employees.