Fire destroys historic home up for sale

Fire destroys historic home up for sale

PHOENIX, Ore. (AP) -- Fire destroyed the 153-year-old Samuel Colver House, a former stage stop, and two occupants were injured after jumping from a second-story window. The house was to be sold this week to pay off a mortgage.

Former Phoenix Mayor Jerry Greer and his wife, Jennifer, were taken to a hospital late Sunday night for treatment for injuries and smoke inhalation. They remained in separate hospitals Tuesday.

Firefighters said the fire broke out shortly before midnight Sunday and the two jumped to a ground-level porch.

The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is Jackson County's second-oldest building.

A notice of default on a $250,000 note on the former stage stop was filed in April. The house was to have been sold Friday.

The Greers listed the house at $899,000 in the summer of 2007 and had a potential buyer, who wanted to demolish Jackson County's second-oldest building. But town officials rejected the plan.

Jerry Greer offered the house to the city for an undisclosed amount, but Phoenix officials said the city couldn't afford to buy, restore or maintain it.

(Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.)

Description from the Oregon State LIbrary:

Phoenix, Oreg., was one of the earliest pioneer settlements in Southern Oregon.

The Colver House, on Highway 99 at the south end of town, was built in 1855 by one of the first settlers, Samuel Colver. Colver came west from Ohio in 1850, taking up a donation land claim of 640 acres on a site where Phoenix now stands.

The town site of Phoenix was laid out on property he donated to the city in 1854. Back in the 1850's Phoenix was the hub of the Rogue Valley. The Rogue River and Modoc Indian Wars, the Northwest gold rush, and the onset of the Civil War all played a part in the growth of this frontier town.

There are two view of the Colver House (misspelled as "Calver" on photo notes), a front view and a side view. The photo notes also say that it was a refuge or shelter house. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 25, 1990.