Sunday, February 10 2013, 05:27 PM CST
Several fires keep local fire department busy this weekend
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-Medford Fire Rescue was busy Friday night and Saturday morning while responding to three fires.
The first call firefighters responded to was for a bedroom fire at 9 N. Columbus Ave. just before 7 p.m. Friday.
Firefighters said it appeared a bundle of clothes on a bed caught fire.
Crews arrived to find smoke and very little damage.
A man visiting the home, Ladarrius Anderson, said he and another man were able to shoot water on the fire with a garden hose.
Then firefighters were at 1105 W. 4th St. just before midnight on Friday.
A free-standing garage was destroyed. It was vacant with very little property inside.
There were homes behind and in front of the building, threatened by the flames.
The kitchen window of a neighboring home, only four feet from the garage, broke as a result of the heat.
Batallion Chief Ron Nelson with Medford Fire Rescue said, though buildings may be vacant, it is still a good idea to secure them with fire alarms. "It absolutely makes good sense to put a smoke detector in there even if it's not tied in to your home central smoke alarm system because maybe it'll alert somebody walking by or you, the resident, if you're, you know, if you hear that beeping in the middle of the night. Absolutely would work, and of course, ultimately, if you have a central alarm system that, uh, ties into that, you can tie it in to notify somebody, or at least also sound the alarms that are inside your residence to give you a notice that a detached garage like this was on fire," said Chief Nelson.
The Chief said the damage to the home behind the garage was limited to the exterior and minimal.
The third call came in just after 5 a.m. Saturday for a garage fire at 702 Beatty St.
This time, Medford Fire Rescue said the loss was much greater.
The garage was made into three studio apartments and a workshop.
A woman sleeping in one of the converted apartments was woken up by the smell of smoke to find her home in flames.
Chief Nelson said there was no fire alarm in the home and that the resident was lucky she woke up.
The cause of the three fires is still under investigation.