Fire in Cave Junction destroys 1 home, 4 cars

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A 2-alarm fire in Cave Junction sparked last night, destroying 1 home and 4 cars.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the fire chief tells me carburetor cleaner and a heater are the likely culprits.

The fire happened off of South Caves Highway around 8:30 last night.

Illinois Valley Fire Chief, John Holmes, says the cleaner and heater were also near propane tanks – which likely led to the fire spreading so quickly.

“If they’re working outside on vehicles or anything like that, make sure that it’s well ventilated and the chemicals being utilized – make sure you read them and make sure they’re not near anything heater related. When storing your propane tanks, make sure they’re away from your homes,” said Holmes.

He says a firefighter that was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation was released this morning and is doing well.

Holmes also says the owner of the home was treated for burns on his hand and released.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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