Saturday night fire causes $10,000 in damages to Salem residence

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First responders were dispatched to a residential structure fire in Salem on Saturday, Feb. 15. (Photo: Courtesy Salem Fire-EMS Department)

First responders were dispatched to a residential structure fire in Salem on Saturday, Feb. 15. (Photo: Courtesy Salem Fire-EMS Department)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — One Salem resident is displaced after their mobile home sustained thousands of dollars in damages in a fire on Saturday night.

According to the Salem Fire & EMS Department, 17 personnel responded to a call about a residential structure fire around 11:23 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Lot 68 of 1006 West Riverside Drive.

The first units reportedly arrived within five minutes of the call and discovered heavy smoke coming from a mobile home. Authorities say the firefighters managed to locate the fire in a utility closet and brought it under control within seven minutes.

The Salem Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the cause of the fire as accidental. Unfortunately, even though crews contained the fire to the utility closet, fire officials estimate the structure sustained approximately $10,000 of smoke and fire damage.

One resident was inside the mobile home at the time of the fire, but authorities say the resident escaped unharmed. This displaced resident is reportedly being assisted by family.

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