At 12:45 am on Thursday, 2008 Salem Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 3847 Helen Ave SE. The first alarm sent 3 engines, ladder truck and Battalion Chief. Upon arriving fire fighters reported a large tree and garage that was attached to the home engulfed in flames. A second alarm was called. The second alarm brought more fire fighters and apparatus to the scene.
Firefighters began fire attack from the outside of the structure when police were notified that there was a child still inside the house. Fire crews immediately went into rescue mode, but minute's later police had notified that they had alerted the sleeping boys and had them exit the structure.
Due to fire fighters quick actions the fire was contained to the garage with only some light smoke making it's way into the house. Damage to the structure was estimated at $25,000 and an additional $ 3,000 to a car parked in the driveway.
No injuries were reported due to the incident. Damage to the structure was estimated at $25,000 and an additional $ 3,000 to a car parked in the driveway.
Salem fire investigator, John Stroebel determined the fire was started by fireworks that the boys in the house were playing with earlier that evening prior to the fire.