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Sheriff's Office identifies Medford man who died following White City explosion

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says that a major fire on Wednesday night appears to have resulted from an 'illegal cannabis extraction process' at the White City building.

Posted: May 18, 2021 11:49 AM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified a Medford man who died following an explosion and fire at a White City industrial building in April.

According to the agency, 24-year-old Furious Talon Eldridge was injured in the explosion and resulting fire on Antelope Road in White City on April 21. He later died at a Portland hospital after he was taken there for treatment.

During the initial investigation, the Sheriff's Office indicated that Eldridge and at least two other people suffered injuries in the fire. Eldridge and another man were hospitalized, while the third received treatment at the scene.

Sheriff's deputies, firefighters, and paramedics responded to reports of the explosion and fire at an industrial building in the 1500-block of Antelope Road shortly after 8 p.m. that evening.

First responders found the three men suffering from burns, while a fourth man was spotted running from the building.

The investigation found evidence that the explosion and fire were the result of an "illegal cannabis extraction process," the Sheriff's Office said. The case is still being examined by the Interagency Marijuana Enforcement Team, JCSO, Fire District 3, and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

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