UPDATE: Salem Police make arrest in convenience store arson case

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The Salem Police Department arrested Jackie Vasher, 33, of Roanoke in connection with Monday's convenience store fire, according to a release from Salem Police.

According to the release, Vasher entered the convenience store and began pouring gasoline from a container onto the floor near the counter.

Vasher then ignited the gasoline and exited the building. All five employees were able to exit the building safely. No customers were inside at the time of the fire.

Officers pursued Vasher on foot and took him into custody a short distance from the store, according to the release.

According to the release, Vasher has been charged with five counts of Attempted Malicious Injury by Fire and one count of Arson. He is being held at the Roanoke County/Salem Jail without bond.

The incident remains under investigation.


No one was injured Monday afternoon when a 7-Eleven convenience store on E. Main Street in Salem caught fire.

Salem and Roanoke City firefighters responded, and they found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived at the store, not far from the intersection with route 419.

The fire was contained to the building. Firefighters quickly shut off the gas pumps nearby.

Traffic was disrupted on Main Street for about an hour, while firefighters brought the situation under control.

There's no word yet on the cause.