The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1972 Salem Industrial Dr., the location of Salem Frame Company, Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:33 p.m. Firefighters arrived within seven minutes of receiving the call and found heavy flames and smoke coming from the front of the structure.
They determined that the thick fire and smoke was coming from equipment that was mounted on the front of the building. The fire was brought under control within 25 minutes after the arrival of the first apparatus, but the building and several pieces of equipment did sustain damage.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front of the business and prevent the fire from spreading into the building. All employees had been evacuated prior to the arrival of the first unit, and there were no injuries, as a result of the fire.
Approximately 35 personnel from the Salem Fire & EMS Department (Truck 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Medic 801, Medic 802, Medic 803, Medic 804, Battalion 1 & Fire Medic 1), the Roanoke Fire & EMS Department (Ladder 5 & Battalion 2), and the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department (Wagon 9, Tanker 9, Tower 9 & Battalion 1) responded to the call. Personnel from the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department (Ladder 3 & Medic 4) and the Roanoke Fire & EMS Department (Engine 4) assisted with handling additional emergency calls, while crews were on scene.
The Salem Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was accidental and the damage is estimated at $500,000.