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Feb-26-2011 01:32printcommentsVideo

Fire Devstates Amity Apartment Building

It took firefighters an hour and a half to get the blaze under control.

Amity, Oregon apartment fire 25 Feb 2011
Photo and video: Jerry Freeman for Salem-News.com

(AMITY, Ore.) - An apartment fire in Amity Friday night led to the total destruction of a building that has long been a part of this rural town in the Mid-Willamette Valley between Salem and McMinnville.

Local resident Paul Hendrix says a number of people live in the multi-level apartment building but luckily there were no injuries.

What ended up as a three-alarm fire, destroyed a building containing both apartments and businesses, a spokesperson with the Amity Fire Department told reporters.

The blaze is said to have broken out some time after 4:30 p.m.

Eric McMullen, with the Amity Fire Department, told Portland TV station KATU the building at 312 S. Trade Street contained six apartment units and three businesses and was a complete loss. The fire displaced 10 peopled.

It took firefighters an hour and a half to get the blaze under control, and crews on the ground said they still had many hours to go before the scene would be clear.

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Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who are entering the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people the dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “an old truck driver with a new found passion to bare witness on the world’s events.” Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarks on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Stay tuned, and see how it turns out. Jerry seems to exhibit natural talent and is already becoming a published member of the Salem-News.com team. You can send Jerry Freeman an email at this address: bearingwitness@live.com




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