The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. at the building at 220 North Fir Street. Fire crews responded to the scene but were unable to save the building. No neighboring buildings suffered significant damage.
The building was owned by Lou Budge, who owns Budge-McHugh Supply just across the street. Budge did not return several messages, and employees said he was unavailable. The building had been mostly used for storage. A small part of the building housed Miscellany Antiques and Collectibles, which had been open for 26 years, according to the Daryl Wright, the shop’s owner. Wright said he did not have insurance on the store, and likely lost all of the items inside, including a Civil War-era cannon.
Fire crews spent much of Monday spraying the building with water and dousing hot spots, as the building was still too hot for crews to enter safely to begin their investigation. Crews do not know what caused the fire. Anyone with information is being asked to come forward, but firefighters admit the time of the fire may not lead to many eyewitnesses.
“It did happen really early in the morning, so we don’t expect a lot of people were out and about,” said Fire Investigator Chase Browning. “But if you know something, then get a hold of the fire department or the Medford Police Department.”