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The garage of the Doris Stokes home is heavily damaged, but firemen save the rest of the home in a Saturday morning fire.

Firemen douse flames in the garage of the Doris Stoker home.

Smoke fills the Lamar Street neighborhood in Salem when fire sweeps through the garage of the Doris Stokes home

Northwest Side Salem Home Damaged By Fire

By Bruce Kropp

A home on the northwest side of Salem was damaged by fire Saturday morning. The fire was at the Doris Stokes home at 105 Lamar Drive.

Salem Fire Chief Roger Mann says flames were shooting out the open garage door upon their arrival around 10:30 Saturday morning.

"Upon arrival we had fire in the garage and an automobile sitting in front of the garage on the east end of the residence.  It was starting to impinge into the attic.  We were able to knock it down.  As personnel arrived we were able to make entry and pretty much conceal it to the garage area," said Mann.

Mann says there was some smoke and heat damage throughout the home. Firemen had to cut a hole in the roof above the garage to assure the fire did not spread through the attic. The car received extensive front end damage and will be a total loss.

Salem Fire Department Fire Marshall Bill Fulton says Stokes opened the door from the home into the garage to find it full of flames. Stokes and her grandson were able to escape the home and call 9-1-1. Fulton reports radiant heat from the fire set the front of the car and engine compartment on fire. Fulton says the cause of the fire could not be immediately determined and will be further investigated by the State Fire Marshall's office on Monday.

Odin Firemen were called for automatic mutual aide assistance. The Red Cross was also on hand to assist the family with any needs.  The fire call came in at 10:30 Saturday morning.  Firemen remained on the scene until about noon.  

Click here to see photo gallery of the fire fighting efforts.

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