ASHLAND, Ore. – Police and fire crews evacuated Ashland Plaza buildings as firefighters worked to keep a fire from spreading to other areas of the plaza.
Ashland Fire and Rescue said the initial call came across the radio around 1:40 Wednesday afternoon. It reported smoke coming from a building at 27 North Main Street between Brickroom and Mezcal.
Crews responded and it quickly became upgraded to a “second alarm” and ultimately a “third alarm” fire. That’s a call for double and triple the amount of resources needed so Jackson County Fire District 5 and the City of Medford sent firefighters.
The initial fire was knocked down later Wednesday afternoon, but crews continued to work inside the building for hours to make sure the threat of fire didn’t return.
At the scene, Ashland Fire and Chief Chambers said, “They have been ventilating the top of the building to let smoke and heat out so the crews can work more safely inside and that’s helped them get the knock down on the fire, now they are just pulling out flaming and smoking debris and trying to get to all the fire that’s left.”
Nobody was reported hurt, just an injury to someone’s cat.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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