Keizer Fire: 2-alarm blaze causes $2M damage

MENS WAREHOUSE FIRE
Keizer firefighters tackled a two-alarm fire at the Men's Warehouse on Keizer Station Boulevard. (April 14, 2013 | Keizer Fire Department)

KEIZER, Ore. (KOIN) — Heat blew out windows at a Men’s Warehouse store near Salem Sunday morning, setting off a burglar alarm that ended up alerting crews to a two-alarm blaze.

That’s according to the Keizer Fire District.

Keizer police officers responding to the burglary alarm found smoke and windows broken “from the heat of the fire,” Keizer Fire reports.

This was around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the Men’s Warehouse store at 6065 Keizer Station Blvd NE .

By the time Keizer firefighters arrived heavy smoke and flames were coming from the Men’s Warehouse alterations department in the rear of the building, Keizer Fire reports. The fire department reports firefighters were delayed after they tried to get in using the closest door to the fire. That door previously had been welded closed and sheet-rocked over.

“Firefighters had to enter through the front of the building,” Keizer Fire reports, “and drag hose lines through the entire store to access the rear where the fire was located.”

The fire reportedly was under control by 12:53 a.m.

Keizer Fire estimates that estimated damage to the building and its contents — from either flame or smoke — is at $2 million. Meanwhile, the Men’s Warehouse store in Woodburn is expected to help the store’s Keizer-area customers. It can be reached at 503.982.4672.

No injuries were reported in the incident. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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