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DEVELOPING: Salem fire

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WSLS photojournalist Greg Moore WSLS photojournalist Greg Moore

UPDATE -- 9:32p.m.

Here is the news release from the Salem Fire and EMS Department

The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1804 Conehurst Blvd. at approximately 4:55 p.m. There was one person inside the home at the time of the fire, but that individual was able to escape without injury.

The first units arrived within four minutes of receiving the call and found heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. The structure received a significant amount of damage, and it took crews close to 90 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Approximately 32 personnel from the Salem Fire & EMS Department (Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Tower 1, Medic 802 & Medic 803), Roanoke Fire & EMS (Engine 4, Engine 13 & Ladder 5), Roanoke County Fire & Rescue (Air 9) and the Salem Rescue Squad (Medic 154) responded to the call. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue (Tanker 9) stood by and covered additional emergency calls for the City of Salem.

The fire remains under investigation by the Salem Fire & EMS Fire Marshal's Office, and there is no damage estimate at this time. The home did receive major fire and smoke damage. The Red Cross is currently assisting the homeowners with their needs.


UPDATE - 8:30p.m.

Firefighters are still working to find what started a fire in Salem this afternoon. Police say they first got a call about the house across from the American National University building at around 4:54p.m. By the time firefighters got to the scene, the house was already fully enflamed. Police say the owner was home at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt.


UPDATE - 5:48p.m. (with new information on location of the fire)

House fire on Conehurst Blvd.  Owners were not injured, and there are about a dozen firefighters on scene.  We'll keep you updated as we receive more information in the WSLS newsroom.


We are getting reports of a fire in Salem.

The Salem Fire Department tells WSLS the fire is on Lakeside Drive.

The smoke could be seen for miles over the area.

We have a crew on the way and will have updates as they come into the WSLS newsroom.