Earlier today at approximately 1:01 a.m., a citizen called Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon to report a fire on the play structure at Bear Creek Park. The Medford Fire Department responded quickly to the scene and began working to extinguish the fire. Medford Police Officers also responded to assist.
Witnesses in the area reported seeing an unidentified subject playing with a butane torch on the play structure before the fire started. A Medford Fire Investigator and Medford Police Detectives were summoned to the scene. This case is actively under investigation at this time.
The playground is currently closed until further notice. The Medford Parks Department will be assessing the damage and working to determine next steps.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Medford Police Department: 541-770-4783 (MPD case 23-2126).