Marie Callender's Destroyed by Fire

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Sat, December 14 2013 at 7:14 PM, Updated: Wed, December 18 2013 at 1:00 PM

It's the call Robert Baxter wishes he never got, flames taking over the Medford Marie Callender's where he works.

"I got a call in the middle of the action. It was three o'clock in the morning. I heard fire and came running and when I arrived I knew there was going to be no turning around on that one, it was over."

Medford Fire & Rescue are calling the restaurant a total loss, after several fire agencies arrived to a to find the building fully engulfed in flames.

"It evolved all the way from the front to the back, and so with that, that means the roof is compromised. So, especially with the tile roof here we were worried about collapse."

And also worried about the possibility of an explosion.

"We brought in Pacific Power and Avista shutting off the gas and power. Pretty important in any building, but especially a building like this. Once everything is burnt around, as an example, the gas appliances and everything in the interior then you have free flowing burning gas and you've got to get it shut off."

Assistant General Manager Robert Baxter says it's not just about the  loss of the building.

"Its sad, really sad. My heart goes out to all the employees that were working here and its just tough to see."

Firefighters say they don't know how the blaze started, but they've been on scene all day and say the investigation is ongoing.

"They're going to come back and get some heavy equipment and actually break some walls down. that way its safe for us to go inside the building."

But no matter what, Baxter says his staff will get through this.

"I'm not gonna let it affect me. We're just going to keep going in the path that we're put on and you keep your head up and keep going."

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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