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Two-story home goes up in flames near Ashland, burns for hours

Firefighters responded to Neil Creek Road near Ashland on Tuesday night after a fire broke out at a single-family home.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 3:23 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 3:31 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Firefighters had to work their way through multiple explosions and hazardous chemicals after a two-story house caught fire near Ashland on Tuesday evening.

Jackson County Fire District 5 responded to a reported structure fire in the 1500-block of Neil Creek Road just after 5:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a two-story family home and a nearby workshop burning. The property lies in a wooded area just a matter of yards away from I-5, southwest of Emigrant Lake.

"The building was well involved with a significant volume of fire and smoke issuing from the first and second floors," FD5 said in a statement.

The residents of the home were able to escape with one person treated for minor injuries, the agency said.

Meanwhile, fire crews had to bring in water with a water tender so that they could begin attacking the exterior of the fire. Crews struggled with the rural roads, long driveways, lack of on-site water, and blocked access due to "excess personal property."

Firefighters also struggled against a series of "very large explosions" and a number of hazardous chemicals that were kept on the property, FD5 said.

Eventually, crews were able to establish a 2000-foot water supply line, supported by more pumpers and water tenders. A second alarm brought in aid from Siskiyou County.

Finally, at 2:20 in the morning, crews were able to contain the fire to the home and workshop. FD5 said that it continued to smolder on Wednesday, watched by firefighter patrols.

The agency estimates that the home suffered $600,000 in damages, plus another $150,000 for the property inside. Resources from multiple other fire and emergency services agencies ultimately helped at the scene.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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