This is the raw media recap of a three-alarm fire that started south of downtown Medford, on the night of 4/12/22.
Police had shut down all southbound Central Ave traffic at 13th Street. Law Enforcement officers were using loudspeakers to help evacuate a 1/2 mile radius around the burning fuel station. The nearby 24hr WinCo on E.Barnett was told to evacuate customers.
We were instructed by law enforcement to leave the area due to their worry of the exterior fuel tanks exploding. Command activated Rogue Valley Task Force 1, which brought in fire units from as far away as Josephine County. Additional law units were brought in from Ashland as well.
We left at around 1:30a after the fourth tank exploded, fire command was releasing some Rogue Valley Task Force 1 units as they believed they had enough on scene units to stop any further potential spread.
This is still an ongoing incident and police say they expect the streets around the fire to be closed for up to 48 hours. We will continue to monitor and provide updates on MedfordAlert.com