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News Release
East Medford Duplex Damaged by Electric Furnace Fire - 02/16/18

Medford Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of Olympic Ave this afternoon. Crews arrived on scene in three minutes and found heavy smoke coming from the rear unit of a duplex. After ensuring all occupants were accounted for, crews determined there was active fire in the crawl space under the house.

They were able to access the fire by opening the floor in the affected unit with chainsaws, and simultaneously worked to minimize the smoke impact to the second unit.

DFM Parks with assistance from DFM Shay, conducted an investigation to determine origin and cause once the fire was extinguished and the structure safe to enter. The fire occurred in a closet containing an electric furnace and the crawlspace directly beneath. Indications are an electrical malfunction occurred in the furnace which resulted in the fire.

There were functioning smoke alarms present in both units of the duplex and no injuries were reported. Due to the smoke contamination both units were deemed temporarily unsafe to occupy. The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing and incidentals to the individuals displaced from the non-fire unit.

While the specific malfunction has not yet been determined, we would like to encourage people to have their heating and cooling systems maintained regularly. Not only will it help them function efficiently and minimize the chance of malfunctions, but it can help with keeping your energy costs down.

This incident occurred at 3 pm and was under control at 3:15 pm.