Fires keep KFD on the run with other agencies

On Sunday evening, Keizer Fire District, along with Marion County Fire Department and Woodburn Fire District, responded to the report of a house fire in the area of River Rd and Brooklake Rd in NE Salem on Sunday around 8 p.m. Firefighters could see a large black column of smoke from four to five miles away while responding.

Crews were on scene for about two hours. No injuries reported to firefighters or civilians.

It took five engines, one chief officer, one rescue unit, four medic units and four water tenders to put out the fire on the two-story home. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Just hours later, at 3:45 a.m. on Monday, MCFD, KFD and Salem Fire Department responded to a reported apartment fire in the 4000 block of Satter Drive NE, Salem. 

When deputies arrived on scene, they found the first and second floor of an apartment building fully engulfed with one person reported to still be inside.

The fire crews rescued a 58-year old female resident from a first floor apartment in the building. The female was transported initially to an area hospital where she was listed as being in critical condition. Falck Northwest provided medical support on the scene.

Fire personal and law enforcements were able to safely evacuate the other nearby apartments. However, three Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were treated and released for smoke inhalation.

In total, seven engines and four medics responded to the fire in addition to numerous law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office and Salem Police Department.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is being investigated by the Salem Fire Department. Marion County Public Works has reopened all of the roadways, which were closed during this response.