Salem Police Investigators Seek the Public’s Help in Identifying Arsonist

Posted on August 3, 2020

Salem Police Dept. – 08/03/20 1:55 PM

Salem Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for setting a fire and severely damaging a local business.

The arson occurred on 08-19-19 at 2:57 am, when Salem Fire responded to a four-alarm fire at the Oregon Pallet business located at 1650 Salem Industrial Way NE Salem, Oregon. Oregon Pallet is a locally-owned pallet manufacturer and supplier for businesses, industry and agriculture that serves customers in multiple states. The early morning fire destroyed a pre-harvest stockpiled inventory of over 100,000 pallets as well as numerous trucks and heavy equipment in the yard resulting in well over $1 million dollars in property loss. Thankfully, there were no injuries. The fire was determined to have been intentionally set and is being investigated as arson by both the Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department (Salem Police case # 19-31390).

In addition to a $2,500 reward offered by Crime Stoppers, the victim’s insurance company is offering an additional $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for setting the fire. While those reporting tips through Crime Stoppers of Oregon may choose to remain anonymous, to be eligible for the additional $10,000 reward, those with information would need to contact the police investigators directly.

Tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers of Oregon at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com. For questions,  or to report information related to the investigation, please contact Salem Police Detective Curt Abel at (503) 540-2461 or Salem Police Detective Jeff Gordon at (503) 540-2355.

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