A Saturday morning fire on Medford’s Main Street destroyed a Medford business location. At 6:30 Saturday morning a Medford police officer noticed smoke coming out of the Main Street Grill and Pizza building. For many years the building housed Eddie’s Bake Shop.
The building is owned by Steve Fischer and was rented by Dave Johnson. When Medford firefighters arrived thick smoke was coming from the roof. Firefighters first fought the blaze from inside the structure with the Medford ladder truck applying water from the back side of the structure.
The flames became involved behind remodeled walls and in order to save adjacent structures from the blaze, a backhoe was called in from Brunner Well Drilling. The backhoe pulled the structure into the street where firefighters hosed down the hot spots.
The Saturday morning sub-zero temperatures caused many of the firefighters to become walking ice men with layers of ice forming on their turnout gear. Members of the Stetsonville Fire Department provided mutual aid. The Medford ambulance was on standby during the incident. A salt truck was brought in to minimize the ice which was created by the thousands of gallons of water. No injuries were reported.
The Main Street Grill and Pizza building is a total loss. The adjacent businesses, Feet in Motion and Silence Is Nothing received water and smoke damage along with some structural damage as well. Medford firefighters were on the scene on Medford’s Main Street until about 12:30 PM.
According to Chief of Police Ken Coyer, currently the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Medford Police Department, the State Fire Marshal’s office and State Department of Criminal Investigations.
Emergency responders would like to thank the businesses that opened their doors to allow them to warm up along with those who provided food and beverages throughout the day.