Old Givens Book Store demolished after fire

Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 9:48 PM EST
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Crews responded to a fire at the old Givens Book Store in Salem Tuesday night.

Crews say they were called out to the structure fire at 1641 East Main Street at 8:05 p.m.

Crews found flames coming out of the second floor of the building. The building was full of books and the roof had fallen in, according to crews on the scene.

While the main fire was contained by 9:45 p.m., the roof falling in and books inside made it difficult for crews to put some smaller fires out. Crews say it took several hours to get those fires under control. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Just before 11 p.m., a bulldozer came and began demolishing the building. According to the Salem public information officer, the Givens Book Store was already scheduled for demolition as part of a renovation project. East Main Street was closed while the building was being demolished, it has since been reopened.

About 30 personnel from the Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to the call. Roanoke Fire-EMS also assisted in putting out the fire.

The city says the fire remains under investigation and that there isn’t a damage estimate yet.