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Jun-12-2014 05:35printcommentsVideo

Salem Home Catches Fire for Second Time in Less Than a Month

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. Video by Jerry Freeman Salem-News.com


A vacant Salem home caught fire for the second time in almost a month, and resident's living near the home say it was a hang-out for transients and teens late at night. Photo Courtesy: Marion County Fire District

(SALEM, Ore. ) - A vacant Salem home caught fire for the second time in almost a month, and resident's living near the home say it was a hang-out for transients and teens late at night.

The home, located at 4240 Glendale Ave NE off Lancaster Drive, caught fire again on Wednesday around 5:00 p.m. Witnesses said it appeared that the fire may have started in the attic or upper level of the vacant home.

Marion County Fire District crews had to get water from a hydrant on Lancaster Ave, because hydrant's in the area had little or no water pressure. The home, which has been vacant for over a year neighbor's said, also caught on fire on May 16, and even then firefighters had to use a hydrant on Lancaster Ave because of little or no water pressure in the hydrants in the area. This time it appears the home is a complete loss.

Marion County Fire District said on it's Facebook page that when crews arrived they found the home fully involved in flames. The fire spread quickly this time and damaged a neighboring home, but firefighters were able to limit the damage. No injuries were reported.

Neighbor's we spoke with at the scene say they have called police on more than one occasion about unlawful activity going on in the home, which they said mostly occurs at night. One neighbor said that whoever owns the home, just recently cut the grass and pulled the weeds from the home for the first time since last year.

On the Marion County Fire District's Facebook page it also mentions that if you see fire hoses strung across the road that a fully charged with water, to try and go around them. Going over them can break or damage them.

Salem-News.com was unable to verify just how many calls the Marion County Sheriff's Office has received regarding complaints from neighbors about unlawful activity going on at this residents.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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