MEDFORD, Ore. – Two vehicles are destroyed, residents are shaken and police say they don’t have any suspects, but they do suspect both overnight vehicle fires are connected. Fire crews were moping up the first fire when the second call came in.
Just before 4:30 a.m. on Monday morning, while crews were still at the scene of the fire, a call came in of another vehicle fire near the intersection of Prune and Benson Streets. Medford Fire and Medford Police first responded to call just after 2 a.m. Monday morning at the 400 block of Peach Street.
When they arrived, they found a vehicle fully engulfed in the driveway and threatening the home. A resident of the house tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived and put the fire out. Crews were able to quickly put both fires out however both vehicles have been deemed a total loss. Medford Police officials believe the 2 fires are linked to a single arsonist.
“They are really uncommon. We will go months or even a year without having an arson type case. So to have 2 in one night is really concerning,” stated Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
The driver of one of the totaled vehicles says that the incident is more than a burned truck, that it feels like a personal attack, coming less than a week after smaller fire was set to her rear. Medford Police say often, arson cases are solved with the help of tips from those alert in the area.