Day: August 9, 2012

Firefighters battle Cherry Avenue blaze

A detached garage and truck were destroyed in a fire on Cherry Avenue Thursday afternoon. Witnesses said the fire at 3601 Cherry Avenue NE started in the garage, which was in flames when Keizer Fire personnel arrived, according to Fire Chief Jeff Cowan. The property is just south of Bever Drive NE. Keizer Fire was dispatched at 2:19 p.m., with Salem Police the first to arrive. A Keizer Fire medic unit arrived four minutes later. A Keizer Fire engine left two minutes, and arrived six minutes, after the initial call after clearing a previous medical response, fire personnel said. Crews from Marion County Fire District No. 1 also responded. “The garage was really chock-full of all kinds of stuff; furniture and who-knows-what,” said Rod Conway, deputy fire marshal for Keizer Fire District. No one was injured and the fire didn’t spread to any nearby homes, including the primary residence just a few feet away. “For our guys to contain that fire to that lean-to shed and the shop without a lick of damage to the house was amazing,” Conway said. One portion of the garage was locked, and Conway said the person living there didn’t even have access. Heavy equipment from the nearby Hertz rental facility was used to knock the building down so firefighters could continue extinguishing the flames. Conway said that was an unusual step usually taken...

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Transit center breaks ground

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Local, state and national leaders kicked off construction of the Keizer Transit Center Wednesday morning. Completion is scheduled for July 2013. The building will accommodate bus riders along with bicyclists and park and ride customers. It will be the first of four regional centers that Salem-Keizer Transit General Manager Allan Pollock hopes to see to completion. “We will be able to help people get to jobs and school without always having to rely on a single-occupant vehicle,” Pollock said. Pollock also touted green components of the building, designed by PIVOT Architecture and to be built by P&C Construction. It’s estimated to cost $4 to $4.2 million to build, funded with state and federal grants. “The first thing that comes to mind this morning is you could all teach Washington D.C. a thing or two about coming up with a transportation project,” said Sen. Ron Wyden.  “Everybody said, ‘We’re not going to have this dawdling. We’re going to get things done.’” “There’s people who don’t think transit has a place in transportation,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat. “… Back east they tried to strip the transit piece out of the transportation bill. The good news is there was actually bipartisan support to put this back in.” The center is part of a 3C system touted by transit officials for years now: Neighborhood circulator...

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