The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at Yokohama Tire Corporation early this morning, at approximately 2:01 a.m. The fire was contained to one part of the building, but that section did sustain significant damage. All employees at the facility were evacuated safely from the area and no one was injured during the fire.
The first unit arrived within six minutes of receiving the call and found heavy fire coming from one side of the building. Due to the size of the fire, a second alarm was called which brought units from Roanoke Fire & EMS Department and the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department. The first firefighters on the scene were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes of arrival, but the damage from the fire required extensive salvage and overhaul operations.
Approximately 32 personnel from the Salem Fire & EMS Department (Truck 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Medic 801, Medic 802 and Medic 803), the Salem Rescue Squad (Medic 154 & Medic 155), the Roanoke Fire & EMS Department (Engine 4, Engine 13 & Ladder 5) and the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department (Ladder 3) responded to the call. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department personnel (Tanker 9 & Wagon 10) assisted with covering additional calls.
The fire remains under investigation by the Salem Fire & EMS Fire Marshal’s Office, and there is no damage estimate at this time.