SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 3-alarm fire at a Salem apartment complex Wednesday evening displaced approximately 25 tenants, officials said.
Around 5:20 p.m., firefighters were called to the apartment complex at 4049 NE Satter Drive, Marion County Fire District #1 said. When they arrived, crews found the 2-story complex well-involved in smoke and fire.
It took firefighters around 2 hours to bring the fire under control, officials said. In total, 8 apartment units were reportedly affected by the blaze. Everyone inside the apartment at the time of the fire was able to get out unharmed.
No injuries or deaths occurred as a result of the fire.
Radiant heat from the flames melted siding on a neighboring apartment building, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading.
The 25 residents displaced by the fire were assisted by the American Red Cross at a temporary shelter.
The fire was started by a 6-year-old boy using a lighter. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the fire started outside the apartment complex near a garbage dumpster.
He is being referred to the juvenile court system to determine if charges will be filed.