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FireWatch: Structure fire starts at Stewart Market

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FireWatch: Structure fire starts at Stewart Market

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A structure fire started early Sunday morning at Stewart Market in Medford. 

Right now Medford fire officials are advising the public to avoid the area of W. Stewart Avenue and Lozier Lane.

The Medford Fire Department says that crews continue to work to knockdown the structure fire.

Many residents in the area may experience a loss of power, according to the Medford Fire Department. The power grid was shut down due to the risk to the firefighters.

Medford Fire posted about a fire at the Stewart Market earlier on Sunday, indicating that it had been knocked down within 30 minutes. It's currently unclear what caused the location to reignite.

Newswatch 12 arrived to the scene where neighbors to the store stood outside, seemingly in awe that that store was destroyed.

One worker, Harmanpreet Manghar has been working at the store for about one year. He said he didn't notice anything unusual when he closed the store late Saturday night. His home is located directly next to the market, and told Newsatch 12 he received a knock on his door early in the morning from police to notify him that the store had caught fire.

Firefighters say no one was injured and no one was in the building when flames broke out. Nearby homes were also able to avoid catching fire from flames at the store.

The previous and current owners of Stewart Market arrived to the building shortly after Newswatch 12.

The current owner was still too distraught to speak with Newswatch 12 upon his arrival.

The former owner of about 20 years, Harbhajan Sarkaria was trying to hold back tears as she told Newswatch 12 she was sad to the learn the store was a total loss because of all the memories she had made there over the years.

"I have a lot of memories, that's why I'm so sad. We did hard work and it's very sad for us."

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.