Joint Sparks Fire at Medford Home

According to Medford Fire-Rescue, a discarded 'marijuana cigarette' caught dry materials on fire—uncomfortably close to a residence.

Posted: Apr. 27, 2018 1:29 PM
Updated: Apr. 27, 2018 1:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — After extinguishing a fire next to a Medford home on Thursday, fire crews determined that the flames resulted from a 'marijuana cigarette' put out near combustible materials. according to Medford Fire-Rescue (MFR).

MFR responded to a structure fire call on Washington Street Thursday evening. When fire crews arrived, they found that the flames were contained to debris underneath a covered patio next to the house, but had not yet spread to the house itself.

Extinguishing the fire, MFR investigators were then able to determine what had caused it.

Deputy Fire Marshal Fairrington interviewed the owners and found that one of them had stomped out a joint near some dry leaves and pine needles. MFR believes that ash and embers from the discarded joint started a slow, smoldering fire in the dry vegetation, before the fire spread to 'combustible materials' nearby.

The owners noticed fire about 30 to 45 minutes later.

No one was injured in the fire, but MFR warns that if it had gone undetected for much longer, the potential damage or harm could have been much worse.

MFR crew 8102 installed a new smoke alarm in the home and discussed better methods for disposing of discarded smoking materials—such as putting them into a metal container filled with water, and keeping dry vegetation away from structures.

Article Comments

Medford
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 61°
Brookings
Broken Clouds
52° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 46°
Grants Pass
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 59°
Klamath Falls
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 46°
Warmer Memorial Day
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Southern Oregon preps for decorated Oklahoma City

Image

Sunday, May 26th Evening Weather

Image

18 year old graduates college

Image

Sunday, May 26th Morning Weather

Image

Oregon Tech Eliminated at NAIA Softball World Series

Image

Upset Alert: SOU takes down top-ranked, defending champion Science & Arts

Image

Saturday, May 25 evening weather

Image

Bike Thefts Rise

Image

Martins Food Center Internet Speed

Image

Oregon Tech survives, breaks out to eliminate Valley City State