Duplex Escapes with Minor damages from exterior Fire

Medford Fire-Rescue - 04/22/18 
Medford Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire on North Columbus Ave this afternoon. The fire was out upon arrival, thanks to quick intervention from the occupants and an off duty Applegate Fire District firefighter who saw smoke while driving by. Fire damage was limited to a recycling can and exterior wall and eaves of the duplex. Crews verified there was no fire extension into the wall or attic space.

The fire originated inside the recycling can which was placed directly against the wall of the structure. The exact cause of ignition was not determined but most likely caused by the spontaneous combustion of improperly disposed of materials. It is important to be aware of what is and is not appropriate to place into recycling and general garbage cans. Refer to and follow manufacturer's instructions for proper disposal.

No civilians or firefighters were injured during this incident and all occupants were able to remain in their homes.

While on scene firefighters determined one of the tenant's smoke alarm was more than 10 years old and replaced it for them. Smoke alarms have a 10 year lifespan and should be replaced after 10 years of service or when they signal they are end of life. Newer alarms will have a 'born on date' printed on the rear label. We encourage everyone to test their alarms regularly and to check the dates.