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Families displaced following fire at Medford duplex

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Posted: Aug 1, 2019 4:38 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2019 4:57 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two families have been at least temporarily displaced following a fire at a Medford on Thursday afternoon. The building is in the 600-block of E 9th Street.

A call reporting the fire came in just before 3 p.m., with the first firefighters arriving on the scene minutes later. Crews quickly saw heavy smoke billowing from the building.

Fire officials said that the flames were "heavily involved" in the duplex attic space, with some fire on the outside. Crews were able to quickly knock down those flames.

Investigators are still trying to determine how exactly the fire started and whether it began in the attic or outside. They will be looking at the electrical systems in the building involved.

Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Fish said that there were no reported injuries to the occupants and that crews had been helping to locate pets that got out during the response. He said that the pets they had found were shaken up but also were not injured.

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