Fire destroys building at Jackson County trucking facility

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May 24—A massive fire destroyed a building at a Central Point trucking company Monday morning, putting up a large smoke plume.

Jackson County Fire District 3 first responded at 6:18 a.m. to the incident, at RB Browns Trucking, Inc., in the 5000 block of Crater Lake Avenue, according to dispatch records and fire officials. No injuries have been reported.

A burglar alarm originally alerted emergency dispatch of something occurring at the property, fire officials said.

"That's a motion sensor," said Fire District 3 battalion chief Scott Downing. "So as that fire builds and that smoke spreads throughout the building, that obscure smoke will set off those motion detectors."

The building was heavily involved in flames when the first crews arrived, prompting firefighters to go on the defensive to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings, Downing said.

Crews stretched hose lines about 1,000 feet south on Crater Lake Avenue to access a fire hydrant, Downing said. Crews also utilized water tenders on the fire's east side.

"In that kind of defensive stance, and while we're working to establish a viable water supply, it takes a little bit longer than, say, you roll up on a room-and-contents fire of a house," Downing said. "Probably within that first 30 minutes we really had a good handle on the fire. We stopped any kind of spread, and we protected the exposures."

Tenders arrived from Rogue River District No. 1 and Jackson County Fire District No. 4, Downing said. Medford Fire-Rescue also responded with an engine company. Six engine companies total responded. Heat from the fire damaged some trailers at an adjacent building, he added.

Fire officials will remain on scene for the day, continuing to mop up hot spots as needed and investigating the cause.

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