There was an accidental cooking fire today and a great save by the fire sprinkler's in the apartment. The occupant's were cooking chicken on the kitchen stove top when the fire broke out. A single sprinkler activated above the stove and extinguished the fire. The sprinkler system was shut off temporarily while station's five's crew capped the sprinkler head that had triggered. The sprinkler system was easily put back online.
There was minor damage to the vent hood above the cook top and some smoke staining on some cabinets. 3 inches of water damage occurred throughout the apartment before the water was shut off. The floor was all laminate materials and the firefighters were able to squeegee out most of the water. The building responsible has contacted a fire restoration company to repair the damages. The family will be displaced during the repairs.
No injuries occurred during this emergency. Three occupants were at home when the fire occurred. The incident was declared under control within minutes of arrival.
4 fire engines, 2 battalion chiefs responded. This incident occurred at 1146 on January 16th, 2017.
Incident location is 1032 N Berkeley Way #1
In June of 2016, Medford Fire-Rescue began an aggressive mobile food vendor licensing and inspection program. During the course of the licensing process it was found that several food vendors needed to install kitchen hood fire suppression systems. The first to complete the licensing requirements and install the fire suppression system was Ordaz's Taqueria located at 8th and Riverside. Today an accidental flash oil fire occurred in the food truck and the owner discharged the fire suppression system, knocking the fire down. The owner and his son escaped the fire unharmed and after clean up, the food vendor will be open for business at his location tomorrow. This is a great success story for one of the first fully licensed food vendor programs in the state of Oregon.
The City of Medford Building, Planning and Fire departments have worked together to come up with a Temporary Shelter Policy. We understand the immediate need to provide temporary shelters for people who do not have a warm place to sleep, and we want to ensure that the shelters are safe to sleep in. The policy will apply to both warming shelters and events at churches and schools where people are sleeping. This solution allows many Medford buildings to be feasible locations for temporary shelters with the minimal additional requirements. Each location used as a Temporary Shelter shall be approved through Medford Fire-Rescue. See the attached Temporary Shelter Packet for further information.
12/28/16 Medford Fire-Rescue
At 0354 this morning Fire Crews from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire Dist #5 were called to 3957 S. Pacific Hwy #1 for a Structural fire involving a carport and mobile home.
First arriving units arrived within 6 minutes; all occupants were out of home and crews quickly controlled fire. Neighbors assisted occupant out of home.
Although Carport is a complete loss and there was significant damage to mobile home no occupants or firefighters were injured.
2 occupants were displaced and Red Cross is working on placement.
Fire Cause is under investigation.
Remember to always have a working smoke detector.