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Commercial Fire Damages Several Salem Businesses

Investigators were on scene all morning and will return Wednesday with heavy equipment

Commercial fire in Salem, Oregon 12-31-12
Video and photo by Jerry Freeman

(SALEM) - Salem firefighters were called out to a commercial fire at 11:01 p.m. New Year's Eve, 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. Salem Fire's 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 which was brought under control about 2:03 a.m.

Several remained 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 a residential structure fire at 11:34 p.m. in the 500 block of 25th St. SE. Fire crews cleared the residential fire at 1:12 a.m. The fires are believed to be unrelated at this time.

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

Video photo essay from the scene, recorded and edited by Jerry Freeman,

Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who entered the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people who fulfilled their life 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 “a truck driver with a new found passion to bear witness to the world’s events.”

Teaming up with he embarked on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Jerry's quick exhibition of natural talent and ability to shoot breaking news led to his becoming a published member of the team.

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oscar January 2, 2013 12:29 am (Pacific time)

I want to know why it took so long for the firefighters to put it out, the fire was only in the meat shop, then it spread because they took too long to put it out?

DJ: I agree. The firefighters should all be fired (no pun intended). I'm sure the business owners would be happier if they could just hire and manage their own fire fighting force. 

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