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July1, 2004
Four alarm fire rips business
Salem Oregeon Fire Department Public Information Officer
On June 29, 2004 @ 2:47 am the Salem Fire Department responded to a four-alarm structure fire at 775 Front Street NE, Keith Brown Building Material.  A freight train delayed the arrival of fire apparatus. Fire Fighters could see smoke coming from the structure, but were unable to reach the location until the train had completely passed (approximately 5-minutes).
Firefighters quickly pulled attack lines to fight the blaze as  fire started shooting through the roof.  Firefighters cut holes into two roll up doors to gain entry to the interior. Where they discovered smoke levels down to the floor level.  Fire Fighters requested the building to be ventilated. 

Salemís 100-foot ladder was set up and firefighters cut holes in the roof releasing the smoke and super heated gases from inside the building, which helped to increase the visibility for interior crews allowing them to completely suppress the fire.

No injuries were reported. Damage was estimated at approximately $250,000.

The cause of the fire was determined to be arson.  Salem Fire Investigators and Salem Police Detectives are continuing to conduct their investigations at the time of this release.

Salem Fire Department wants to thank the following agencies for providing mutual aid: Polk County Fire District #1 (to cover Salem Fire Station 5), Turner Fire District, Keizer Fire District, Keizer Fire Districtís Explorer Post and Marion County Fire District #1.

Response Times and Apparatus:

Time of Call: 1st Alarm 2:47 am / 2nd Alarm 03:01 am/ 3rd Alarm 3:15/4th Alarm 3:36

1st Alarm

Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 4, Medic 1, Ladder 2, and Battalion Chief 2

2nd Alarm

Engine 5, Engine 6, Engine 5, Medic 4, Air 1, and Battalion Chief 4

3rd Alarm

Engine 3, Engine 7, Engine 9, Medic 3, and Ladder 4,

4th Alarm

Engine 8, Engine 315, Ladder 358 and Medic 35

Total of 20 pieces of Apparatus and 46 Fire Fighters


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