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Salem Fire Battling Furniture Store Blaze

4-Alarm Fire in downtown Salem at McMahan's Furniture Store. Commercial Street is closed approximately 3 blocks north and south of State St.

Photo courtesy: Bill Holstrom, Salem Fire

(SALEM) - Salem firefighters are working to extinguish a major fire in a furniture store located at State and Commercial Streets in downtown Salem that broke out at 8:00 AM this morning.

The fire at McMahon's Furniture quickly went to three alarms, and has now gone to four. Firefighters are working to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to adjacent businesses.

McMahon's Furniture has been a landmark in downtown Salem for many years and has been holding a "going out of business" sale recently.

Two fire investigators are on scene.

Stay with for continuing coverage. More updates on the affected area will be forthcoming as they become available.


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Rich August 10, 2006 3:41 pm (Pacific time)

CT thinks like a fire marshal. This wouldn't be the first arson of a building that would otherwise be a huge financial liability. Old buildings like that are very hard to sell, and extremely expensive to demoloish due to regulations regarding asbestos abatement.

Bummer August 10, 2006 2:48 pm (Pacific time)

Will agree Sarah, ct thinks he/or she is the only person who has thought of this today, did you go to school to think this way.

Sarah August 10, 2006 1:47 pm (Pacific time)

It's cruel to assume that this is someone trying to make money- Especially with all the other strange events that are happening today.

sarah August 10, 2006 1:13 pm (Pacific time)

I beleive that too many people are damaged by asumptions and rumors....maybe we should wait and watch and be quiet yet supportive of our local Salem business.

CT August 10, 2006 12:26 pm (Pacific time)

Hmm, sure seems suspicious to me. Going out a business sale not going well, how about an insurance claim instead.

Brandon M August 10, 2006 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

Alot of fire-trucks are involved, I went down there and filmed the event its a big thing!

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