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Man faces arson charges after $3M in damage to Salem storage units

The blaze burned for several hours and destroyed an estimated 25 storage units. No injuries were reported. Almost 200 people lost belongings in the fire.
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Airport Self Storage in Salem, Oregon.

SALEM, Ore. — A man faces arson and criminal mischief charges after a fire at a storage facility near the Salem Municipal Airport Monday resulted in about $3 million in damages.

The Statesman Journal reports firefighters responded to a report of a large fire around 6 p.m. at the Airport Self Storage. Authorities say the blaze burned for several hours and destroyed an estimated 25 storage units.

No injuries were reported. Almost 200 people lost belongings in the fire, according to a probable cause statement.

Salem police identified a suspect following witness interviews and processing the crime scene. The 22-year-old man was arrested when police found him Tuesday at Cascades Gateway Park near the storage facility.

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