Photo by Brooke Ninemire
Salem fire fighters battle a blaze on property owned by Tim Leslie, located along Highway 62/412 during a simulated drill July 2. According to Fire Chief Heath Everett, Leslie requested the property be destroyed, so the department used the opportunity to practice technique and procedures. Everett said he used two gallons of diesel to ignite the residence then trapped himself inside. The fire fighters were required to wait until the house was engulfed and the temperature reached 700 degrees before "saving" Everett and combating the flames.