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Salem Fire Department 3 Alarm Fire

News Release from: Salem Fire Dept.
Posted: January 1st, 2013 3:59 PM

At 1101 pm New Year's Eve Salem Fire Department was called to a commercial fire located at 1048 Lancaster Dr. NE, Academy Square.

While en route dispatchers advised that a police officer was reporting smoke and flame through the roof. A second alarm was requested. Engine 3 arrived and reported heavy smoke and fire from the south end of the building. Firefighters were on scene all night battling the blaze. The blaze was under control about 2:03 am.

Firefighters remain on scene checking for hot spots.

Numerous business were affected by the fire including Liberty Tax, La Concinarda, Diamond Nails, Game Crazy, & Benjamin paints

Investigators were on scene all morning and will be returning on Wednesday with heavy equipment to remove portions of the collapsed roof.

During this commercial structure fire Salem Fire Department also responded to residential structure fire 11:34 pm in the 500 block of 25th St. SE. Fire crews cleared the residential fire at 1:12 am. The fires are believed to be unrelated at this time.

The Fire Department is asking for anyone with information about the fire, to contact Deputy Fire Marshal Sean Mansfield @ 503-588-6245.

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