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Transient Suspected of Starting Fire

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Another fire is still under investigation in Grants Pass.

Fire crews responded to the 400 block of Union Avenue on Saturday around 10:30 a.m. witnesses reported seeing black smoke coming out of the doors and windows of a vacant residence.

Both Grants Pass Fire-Rescue and Rural-Metro responded quickly putting the flames out. There was no threat or damage to nearby structures. Crews say no one lived at the home. The building is scheduled for demolition.

“Witnesses reported they saw a transient leave the house about an hour before the fire was observed so, it’s possible that individual started the warming fire,” explained the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety Deputy Chief, Bill Landis.

Shelters like the Gospel Rescue Mission in Grants Pass were accepting people who needed a warm place for the night. They were not at capacity over the weekend.