Salem fire considered suspicious

SALEM – Salem police and fire departments and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating an early morning fire discovered Tuesday in the vacant side of a West Wilson Street duplex.

The fire department received a call at 1:31 a.m. from a citizen for a mattress burning inside the residence at 259 W. Wilson St., where firefighters found smoke showing at the rear door.

The mattress was found in the basement stairwell still showing visible flames, which were extinguished. Smoke was removed from the residence.

The report said numerous leftover contents from the previous tenant were thrown into the stairwell with the mattress being set on fire at the top of the stairwell. The entire structure was checked, with no extension of fire found.

The state fire marshal’s office sent an investigator, who is working with Salem police Detective Brad Davis on the case.

A fire on the other side of the duplex at 257 W. Wilson St. while it was vacant in April was deemed suspicious after firefighters discovered a knocked-over electric stove and a burned book. It appeared a phone book had been on top of one of the burners and caught fire and then the stove was flipped over.

The listed owner of the duplex is Roy Larkins of Lisbon.

Davis said he is still working on that case from April. The more recent fire remains under investigation, with interviews being conducted.

If anyone has any information about the mattress fire, contact Davis at 330-337-7811.