Apartment Fire Caused By Cigarette

By Jim McCoy Tue 11th March Newsfire
A cigarette discarded into a planter is being blame for a fire at an apartment complex on Fruitdale Avenue in Grants Pass at around 4:43 this morning. A neighbor was awakened by the smell of smoke, knocked on the door of the apartment and tried putting down the flames in the planter with water. Fire crews and police arrived within four minutes of the alarm.Read More »

Fire Destroys Central Point Garage

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th February Newsfire
No one was hurt when a storage garage in the 4000 block of North Pacific Highway in Central Point burned to the ground Tuesday night. It was reported at 10:03 p.m. By the time crews arrived, the fire fully engulfed the building. Because the structure was isolated in a field, there was no risk of its spread to other buildings. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

BREAKING NEWS: Update On Marie Callendar's Fire Investigation

By Jim McCoy Fri 20th December NewsfireMarie Callendar's
Medford Fire and Rescue says they have determined the cause of the fire at Marie Callendar's last week. After digging through debris and studying fire patterns, investigators have surmised the fire started in the attic above the office and was caused by an electrical failure. The fire caused approximately $2 million in damage. There were no injuries to firefighters or restaurant employees.Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Fire Destroys Eagle Point Barn

By Jim McCoy Thu 19th December Newsfire
A morning fire has destroyed an Eagle Point barn. The Mail Tribune newspaper reports ( ) that crews arrived shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday to find a fully engulfed structure, and focused on preventing the fire's spread to nearby wildland. No injuries have been reported.Read More »

Competitors Lend Help To Medford Marie Callenders

By Jim McCoy Tue 17th December NewsfireMarie Callenders
At least seven other restaurants in Medford have offered jobs to some of the 30 employees who lost their jobs when a fire Saturday destroyed a Marie Callender's restaurant. The area director for J&A Food Service, Marie Cole, said the Medford community reached out, with competitors offering to help the displaced workers. Cole told the Mail Tribune ( the MariRead More »

Christmas Tree Causes House Fire

By Jim McCoy Wed 11th December NewsChristmas treefire
Faulty wiring on a live Christmas tree is blamed for starting a Tuesday night fire in a home in the 700 block of Nita Lynne in Medford. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. No one was hurt. The fire destroyed the tree, burned a hole in the living room floor, and damaged all the gifts underneath the tree.

Monday Night Fire Destroys Rogue River Home

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th December Newsfire
A home at 8777 Rogue River Highway took heavy damage from a Monday night fire. Rogue River firefighters were the first to arrive at the fire reported at 5:50 p.m. The home was heavily involved in flames when crews arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire.Read More »

Attemped Arson Stopped By Medford Fire Crews

By Jim McCoy Wed 16th October Newsarsonfire
The Medford Fire Department quickly put out a fire in the 2000 block of Barnett Road last night around 9:30 p.m. Witnesses say they saw someone start a fire in an area along a chain link fence surrounding an apartment complex swimming pool. No structures were threatened, though the fire burned through the plastic lattice.Read More »

Fire Season Is Over

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd September NewsfireOregon Department of Forestry
After several days of rain, state foresters are declaring an end to a busy fire season in southwestern Oregon. The Department of Forestry said Monday the fire danger level will be reduced to its low, or "green," level as of midnight Monday, and public and industrial restrictions will be lifted. The major firefighting effort this summer followed a barrage of lightning strikes on JRead More »

More Evacuations at Warms Springs Indian Reservation Fire

By Jim McCoy Mon 22nd July NewsfireWarm Springs Indian Reservation
A fire that spread rapidly in windy weather on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Central Oregon has led to more evacuations. More firefighters and a federal management team are being brought in. The fire started Saturday.Read More »


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