Overnight Fire Destroys Medford Home

A Medford family is without a home after an overnight structure fire. Crews say the fire started in the laundry room near the washing and drying machines.

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 7:39 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2018 4:26 PM

Nothing but charred pillars and beams after a FIRE completely destroyed a Medford family’s home. Medford Fire-Rescue said all 6 family members inside got out safely, with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"Someone came to help the family. They wrapped them up because all they had were their night clothes on their backs. They got out with nothing at all,” said neighbor Carol Reavis.

The fire was first called in just after three this morning. Firefighters arrived to find the home completely engulfed in flames. Reavis said she was woken up to the sounds of people banging on her door, screaming 'Help.'

"I jumped out of bed and when I opened the door. Here was a grandmother and two small children screaming 'Our house is burning up' and I mean it was like daylight outside. It was really on fire," Reavis said.

Medford Fire-Rescue and Fire District 3 got to the scene and found downed live power lines. Medford Fire said the flames were beginning to spread to the neighboring apartments but crews were able to get it under control in nearly 20 minutes.

"Just to wake up it was just like 'is this real?' I've never seen a fire like that before in my lifetime," Reavis said.

Medford Fire-Rescue told NewsWatch 12 the fire started in the laundry room, around the washer and dryer. Investigators aren't sure if it started in the outlet the washer and dryer were plugged into or in the equipment itself but they say the lint traps were clean and well maintained.

"It just makes you feel kind of helpless because what can you do for them. It was very tragic. I was sorry," Reavis added.

One family member was sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure but all six members are physically safe. Medford Fire-Rescue said the American Red Cross and the Rogue Valley Chaplains Association is helping them. If you would like to be able to help the family, Medford Fire says you can call the department for updates on how.

Medford Fire wants to remind everyone the best way to keep your family safe from fire is by having working smoke alarms. Medford Fire said the family said they had working alarms but since the home is so badly damaged, crews are unable to verify if they did.
Medford Fire-Rescue: (541) 774-2300
MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford family is without a home after an overnight structure fire. The fire happened on the corner of Skyhawk Ridge and Dover Ridge Drive near Crater Lake Highway.

Six people were inside the home when the fire started — three adults and three children. Fire officials say the family is okay, although one adult was brought to the hospital as a precaution due to smoke inhalation.

The family lost everything in the fire, apart from the clothes they were wearing at the time. The American Red Cross and Rogue Valley Chaplains Association are providing assistance to the family.

Medford Fire-Rescue and Fire District 3 responded, arriving at the home within seven minutes of receiving the call. They were able to get control of the fire within 21 minutes, although they report live power lines dangling into the yard. Although the fire gutted the home, it was contained from spreading to surrounding structures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE: Jackson Elementary School will be taking clothing donations for the family.

-Mom wears size 12 pants, med/large tops, size 8 - 81/2 shoes.
-Dad wears size 38x36 pants, XL tops, size 12 shoes.
-Aunt wears size 3X, size 9 shoes.
-Girl wears size 10 clothes, size 3 shoes.
-Middle boy wears size 10 clothes, size 3 shoes.
-Oldest boy wears size 32x32 pants, Medium tops, size 9 - 91/2 shoes.

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