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Apartment fire put out by sprinkler system

At around 4:40 P.M. Wednesday, Medford Fire-Rescue responded to a fire alarm in the 2600 block of West Main in Medford.

Within a minute the fire was upgraded to a structure fire.

Multiple smoke alarms and a sprinkler system were activated inside one of the first floor apartments within the complex.

Neighbors were seeing smoke, but no active flames as they began self-evacuating due to the sounding alarms.

Within five minutes, the first arriving engine was able to quickly confirm that the fire was knocked down by the sprinkler system. Since all of the apartments are protected by an automatic fire sprinkler system, it also limited the damage and danger to the residents in the entire complex.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This incident serves as a reminder to check your smoke alarms and their batteries. Have a plan for your family, and what you'll do if the alarm ever goes off.

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