2 separate fires destroy 3 businesses, heavily damage 4th in same shopping center

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Two fires in the same shopping center Sunday destroyed three businesses and heavily damaged a fourth. The fires occurred in the Skyvue shopping center on the west end of US Highway 62/412 in Salem. Despite the close proximity and time frame of the fires, Salem Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Sam Rossitto says there is nothing suspicious about the blazes.

Rossitto says the first call came in at 10:13 Sunday morning.

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The fire destroyed three businesses in the Skyvue shopping center: Balance 30, a gym; TNT Gymnastics; and office space being used as storage for a third business. Chief Rossitto says three other businesses on the west side of the shopping center did not receive any damage. Firemen were able to bring the blaze under control by 2 and left the scene shortly after 3.



Departments from Viola, Morriston, Mammoth Spring, Byron, Camp, Sturkie and Agnos/Glencoe/Heart all assisted in battling the fire.

Firefighters were paged out to the second fire at the shopping center at 9:25 Sunday night.

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The La Casa De La Fiesta restaurant sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

Chief Rossitto says they do not have a cause for either fire, but both are being investigated. He says the fires are not connected, and there is no reason to believe either blaze is suspicious.

Rossitto says every fire department in the county responded to assist Salem, and he’s proud of their efforts, especially since there are no paid firefighters in Fulton County.

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Rossitto says they are still getting reports of smoke from the first fire, and he expects it will continue to burn for several days.

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