Early Wednesday morning, a massive fire in Oregon forced evacuations. There were reports of explosions, as well as a warning about possible chemicals in the air. Let’s see how did the Medford fire happen
A major structure fire broke out at the Pacific Pride gas station on Barnett Road and S Central Avenue in Medford. Authorities said a large fire broke out late Tuesday at an Oregon gas station, prompting evacuations.
Fire is still active
According to authorities, the fire is still active. Officials are expected to provide more detailed damage information later today.
Fire near the railroad tracks
The initial report stated that there was a warming fire near the railroad tracks. When it is safe to do so, MPD will collaborate with Medford Fire to examine the scene.
From 10th to E.Barnett, S.Central Ave is currently closed
@rideRVTDhas established a detour using Holly St. to avoid the road closure. This road closure is currently affecting Route 10 and Route 1X.
Fire damage continues
The fuel fire produced a significant amount of heat, and the fire spread quickly in a northern direction, destroying four or more buildings, including several businesses.
How did the Medford fire happen?
The incident happened around 10 p.m. PDT at a Pacific Pride station on South Central Avenue in downtown Medford, according to KTVL and KDRV.
“We are working a three-alarm fuel fire at Boyd and S. Central,” the Medford Fire Department wrote on Facebook shortly after 10:30 p.m. “Please avoid the area while we work to put out this fire.”
Crews were still working to extinguish the blaze an hour later, according to the department.
“In addition to the fire, we are attempting to contain the runoff from the fuel silos and have requested a heavy foam unit from the airport,” the department wrote in a separate post.
For safety purposes, we have de-energized service in the S Central/Boyd St, Medford area, due to a 3-alarm gas station fire. Currently, the estimated time of restoration is 3 pm. We will update as more information becomes available.
— Pacific Power OR (@PacificPower_OR) April 13, 2022
Authorities have asked anyone within a half-mile radius to evacuate, according to KTVL and KDRV. Pacific Power also tweeted that it has “de-energized service” in the area as a precaution.
Officials are still looking into what caused the fire. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone had been hurt.
Crews are still working on a fuel fire at Pacific Pride Commercial Fueling, which is located at South Central Avenue and Boyd Street in Medford.
“In addition to the fire, we are working to contain the runoff from the fuel silos and have called in a heavy foam unit from the airport,” according to the Facebook announcement.
“Crews are still actively working the fuel fire at S Central and Boyd. In addition to the fire we are working to contain the run off from the fuel silos and have called in a heavy foam unit from the airport.
Please stay clear of the area” updates posted in Medford Fire Department Facebook page.
The agency also requests that people avoid the area. The power has been cut off in and around the area.
The fire was discovered around 10 p.m.
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