Open Burn Gets Out of Control In Grants Pass

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th May Newsfire

A fire on New Hope Road in Grants Pass provides an example of how quickly a fire can get out of control.

A property was burning debris in an open fire in his back yard, when he noticed it had spread to a nearby field. Before he knew it, his shop was on fire. The Rural Metro Fire Department arrived at around 1 p.m.Read More »

Cause of Union Street Fire In Ashland Determined

By Jim McCoy Fri 3rd April Newsfire

Investigators have determined that the fire that occurred Tuesday on Union Street in Ashland was caused by an under floor gas furnace.Read More »

Arrest Made Related To School Fire

A 28-year-old man has been accused of burning down the cafeteria at South Albany High School, a fire that closed the school, destroyed its band and music equipment and disrupted lunchroom operations throughout the school system.

Police announced the arrest Thursday, a day after the early-morning fire.Read More »

Fire At South Albany High School

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st April NewsfireSouth Albany High School

A fire official in Albany, Oregon, says several dozen firefighters are battling a large blaze that started Wednesday morning in a high school cafeteria building.

The Greater Albany School District says no one has been hurt in the fire at South Albany High School, about 25 miles south of Salem.

Albany Fire spokeswoman Wanda Omdahl tells KOIN-TV ( More »

House Fire Near Brookings Claims 3 Lives

By Jim McCoy Thu 5th March NewsDouglas LandersfireKelly Landers
Authorities say an early morning house fire killed three people near Brookings, Oregon. Curry County Sheriff John Ward says the blaze was reported Wednesday shortly before 4 a.m. A Brookings police officer was first on the scene.Read More »

Trailer Fire Seriously Injures Central Point Man

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd February Newsfire
A Central Point man reportedly suffered severe burns to his face when a trailer caught on fire in the 400 block of Hopkins Road this morning. Jackson County Fire District 3 got a 911 dispatch at 8:30 a.m. At the same time a report came in of a car fire at the same location. When firefighters arrived, they saw a travel trailer on a gravel lot fully engulfed in flames.Read More »

Fire Damages Neighboring East Medford Homes

By Jim McCoy Fri 20th February News935 Village Circle DrivefireMedford
The Medford Fire Department responded to an 8:41 a.m. alarm this morning, alerting them to a house fire at 935 Village Circle Drive. As crews arrived, firefighters received a second alarm coming from 939 Village Circle Drive as the fire had spread. Fire officials say there was a report of a resident still in the first house, but that turned out not to be the case.Read More »

Phoenix Home Fire Results In Explosion

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th February Newsfire
Investigators are at work trying to determine what started a fire at a home in Phoenix early this morning. Jackson County Fire District 5 got the call at 4:53 a.m. from the residents of the home in the 200 block of Twin Circle after they safely escaped. The fire started in the upstairs bedroom of the town house. During the course of the fire, an oxygen tank exploded.Read More »

Home Fire Displaces White City Couple

By Jim McCoy Mon 2nd February Newsfire
Two White City residents are without a home after a fire late Sunday morning. Jackson County Fire District Three responded at 11:15 a.m, and arrived at the home in the 3600 block of Avenue “G” to find the front porch burning. The fire appears to have started on the porch and spread to the living room. The home suffered considerable damage and may be a total loss.Read More »

Downed Power Pole Causes Fire At Gold Hill Home

By Jim McCoy Thu 11th December Newsfallen power polefire
A fallen power pole touched off a fire at a Gold Hill area home this morning. The strong winds toppled the pole that fell on to the roof of the house at 6:08 a.m. at 5932 Highway 234. The owners of the home were out of town, and according to a Medford Mail Tribune report, no animals suffered any harm. A passing motorist noticed the fire.Read More »


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