Flames spread from the tower to the grassy field at its base. Crews disconnected the power so they could work safely.
Two birds were found dead at the bottom of the tower.
The fire likely was started by birds pecking at wires, Salem Fire Capt. Joe Terleski told the Salem paper. AT&T customers in the immediate area of a cell tower west of Salem were expected to “experience reduced coverage” after the fire, the journal reported.