Building in Salem deemed total loss after early morning fire

Authorities say the building was once the McClung Lumber Company

Crews are currently at the scene of a fire at a former business in Salem located at 729 South Broad Street, not far from GW Carver Elementary School.

SALEM, Va. – A building in Salem at 17 7th Street has been deemed a total loss after an early morning fire.

At about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, crews with the Salem Fire & EMS Department were dispatched to a fire at a large commercial property, which was once the McClung Lumber Company.

Crews arrived at the scene to find the building completely engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading to the building next door. Luckily, crews were able to limit the spread, so there was minor damage to the adjacent building.

Authorities say the fire was brought under control within an hour, but crews remained on scene for several hours to ensure that it was fully extinguished.

According to Salem Fire-EMS, a total of 32 personnel responded to the fire.

At this time, the fire remains under investigation, and there is no damage estimate.

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