CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Multiple families are without a home after a devastating apartment fire in Central Point on Thursday afternoon that burned or damaged multiple apartments within a large complex.
Crews from Fire District 3 (FD3) were dispatched to reports of the fire just after 3 p.m. When they arrived at the building in the 50-block of S 9th Street, they saw flames spouting from both sides of the building, encompassing both the first and second stories. Firefighters quickly upgraded the call to a 2nd alarm.
Firefighters from FD3 and Medford Fire-Rescue began hitting the flames with water while searching the building for any occupants still inside, but they found no one.
FD3 says that there was "significant damage" to one apartment, with smoke and fire damage to the attic space and the units on each side.
The fire displaced multiple families, according to the American Red Cross — including 11 adults and 7 children. The Red Cross says that it is providing services for the families at this time, including temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, and access to recovery, health and mental health services.
A fire investigator was on the scene of the fire, but FD3 has not yet said whether the cause has been determined.