A passerby alerted neighbors and 911 dispatch of a car fire in the 300 block of Oxford Street at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. A fully engulfed vehicle in a driveway was spreading flames to another vehicle, vegetation, and threatening the home, only feet away from the fire. The residents were home, but asleep at the time of the fire and had to escape out the back of the home.
Fire crews were on scene and controlled the fire within 11 minutes of the initial alarm. Ashland Fire’s newest engine, number 8801, was first on scene and pumped water to its third fire in just over a week of operation.
The fire spread minimally to adjacent grass and a tree along the driveway, largely due to the grass being cut short and the fire resistant nature of the tree.
“This is one of many situations that can lead to vegetation spreading a fire to a home. Keeping grass and weeds cut and using fire resistant shrubs and trees is proven to save homes,” said Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman.
Uncut grass and flammable evergreen vegetation have been factors in fire damage to homes in Ashland, including the 2010 Oak Knoll fire. Residents can get more information about fire resistant plants at www.ashlandfirewise.org
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Both vehicles were burned beyond use.
Contact: Chris Chambers, Public Information Officer/Division Chief
(541) 482-2770 or (541) 890-8816
Since 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides 24 hour service on over 3,000 calls a year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.