Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon has released the name of a 52-year-old Salem man killed in an early Tuesday morning fire at his apartment in Golden Acres in the 600 block of West Schwartz Street. He is Jeffrey Anderson, a disabled veteran who apparently lived alone.
Salem Fire Marshal Bill Fulton says the fire will go down as undetermined but possibly linked to smoking materials. He believes any explosion sounds were from aerosol cans or other small items. An investigation continues into the cause of death.
Fulton says it appears the fire started on the couch in the front room. Anderson was apparently trying to make his way to the back door when he collapsed onto the floor about two feet from the door. He was removed by firefighters after an initial knockdown of the fire and pronounced dead on the scene.
The State Fire Marshal’s office was called to investigate the fire and decided to label the fire as undetermined.
Heavy fire was showing when firefighters arrived on the scene at 12:16 Tuesday morning. There was extensive damage inside the apartment, but only minor outside damage.
The unit that caught fire was at the far end of eight units connected by a common attic. All received some smoke damage. However, all the other residents were later allowed to return home.
Salem Firemen received automatic mutual aid from Odin Firemen. United Medical Response also assisted.
Firemen were on the scene for about two hours starting at 12:16 Tuesday morning.