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Hemp drying barn catches fire early Sunday morning in Medford

Firefighters are fighting a barn fire in Medford.

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 8:14 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 9:58 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Firefighters are responding to barn fire on Royal Crest Road. The barn was being used as a hemp drying facility.

The first calls came in around 6:45 Sunday morning. Fire District 5 says neighbors called 911 when they saw smoke. When crews arrived on scene the 150x150 ft. barn was burning heavily. They called Ashland Fire Rescue engines in. Fire District 5 says about 3,000 pounds of hemp was burned and the barn is completely destroyed.

A hemp worker told crews that he noticed a small fire when he arrived at work Sunday morning. 

This is a developing story. We'll continue to update this article. Fire District 5 is still investigating how the fire started.

This is the third drying barn/shed that's caught fire in the last week. The other two fires were in Josephine County. 

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