ASHLAND, Ore. — [UPDATE]: A third alarm structure fire yesterday afternoon re-ignited overnight. Fire crews were called out to an Ashland home for the second time around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Both Fire District 5 and Ashland Fire crews were on scene overnight. Crews called in an extra water tender as back-up, officials say the fire was initially a second alarm but was cancelled. There were early reports of explosions at the scene. Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.
PREVIOUS STORY: A third alarm fire in Ashland had several different agencies and dozens fire fighters respond to the scene. Residents were home at the time of the fire and all got out safely the house on the other hand has been determined to be a total loss.
When crews first got the call around noon today and arrived on scene they immediately called for a second alarm because of both the fully involved home and limited access to water. Traffic flow of water tankers was closely orchestrated by crews, as the fire was about a quarter mile down a narrow dirt driveway on a hill off north valley view road.
Fire crews shifted to a defensive strategy once they were sure everyone had gotten out safely. Fire officials say the effort to extinguish the fire was complicated by lack of water supply.
“We had fire through the roof when the first unit got here so we were behind the curve from the get go and then playing catch up is a little bit difficult, at this point the fire is under investigation, we’re in overhaul mode,” said Fire District 5 Chief Dan Marshall.
Early reports of explosions are also under investigation however officials believe the fire began in the basement. Crews say they will stay on scene to make sure all hot spots are out. Power was shut off to the home; however, crews say the fire was unrelated to a power outage that affected hundreds of customers in the area.