2 alarm fire evacuates Super 8 motel
The initial call for a second alarm fire at an Ashland Super 8 came in just after 10 a.m. Friday.
Ashland Fire & Rescue, Ashland Police, Jackson County Fire District 5, and Medford Fire-Rescue all responded to the scene.
The fire was outside of the Super 8, originating from a pile of debris on the backside of the building, according to Ashland Fire Battalion Chief Kelly Burns. Some of the flames extended to the structure, "enough heat to affect some rooms," Burns said.
One staff member tried to put out the flames with a garden hose, but told News 10 there was too much wind. All staff were evacuated from the building while fire crews were en route.
The back of the building was fully engulfed by fire by the time crews arrived. Emergency responders had water on the fire within the first minute and a half, and the flames were completely extinguished within seven minutes, according to Burns.
Burns tells News 10 while it is windy and dry in the area today, if it were summer time, the fire could have easily doubled in size.
After the fire was put out, crews continued to work on " hot spots" at the scene. No injuries were reported from the fire.
An investigator is expected to process the scene Friday afternoon.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.