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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Police Expect to File Charges Soon in
Connection with Salamanca Fire

Salamanca Police say they expect to charge five juveniles later today in connection with the fire that caused more than $1 million worth of damage in Salamanca’s industrial district Friday.

The fire destroyed the four-story former Fancher Furniture building. The remains of the building will be demolished on Sunday.

43 fire departments battled the blaze “aggressively” until 3 o’clock Saturday morning, according to Salamanca Assistant Fire Chief Ed Frederickson. He added that firefighters are still knocking down hot spots. The fire started at around 5:30 Friday afternoon.

The vacant building across Rochester Street from the Fancher building was also destroyed, as was the Luminite printing building.

Salamanca Lumber, and other nearby buildings were threatened, but firefighters say they were able to save about $2 million worth of property.

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