Humans are the Suspected Cause in Experiment Station Fire
A vacant Oregon State University experiment station in southwest Medford was destroyed by a suspicious fire late Wednesday morning. Neighbors say some young people were seen hanging around the abandoned building early Wednesday.
A fire investigator said all utilities to the building and surrounding structures had been shut off years ago, leading to the suspicion the fire was human caused.
The building was part of a multi-structure station in a dry 22-acre field near the intersection of Kings Highway and South Stage Road. Oregon State abandoned the station in the 90ís and last week was listed for sale.
The building was a total loss but, according to the director of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, probably wasnít worth much.
16 firefighters contained the blaze using two brush rigs, three engines and one tender. Because of the remote location, crews had to lay down about 1,800 feet of hose.
Although the buildings had been vacant for years, neighbors said transients and young kids frequently hang out there.