SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The Salem Fire & EMS Department reports that over thirty people are displaced after an apartment fire occurred on April 3rd.
Around 8:51 a.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to the 100 block of Otter Avenue, finding an apartment complex in flames. Salem Fire shared that responders could see smoke from several blocks away.
Over thirty personnel responded to the call, and crews were able to bring the fire under control within thirty minutes. The building sustained an estimated total of $700,000 in damages during that half-hour.
After investigating the cause, the Salem Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the fire as an accident, most likely caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.
All residents were able to evacuate safely. No injuries have been reported at this time. The Red Cross Association is now assisting those who were displaced by the fire.