Fire destroys Salem/Seattle transmitter building


Salem CommunicationsThe site, on North Madison Avenue in Bainbridge, WA, was destroyed in a fire early 7/15. The fire was discovered by Bainbridge Police Officer Trevor Ziemba while he was on patrol in the area and smelled smoke. Ziemba soon pinpointed the property where the source of the smell was coming from, and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department was called in to put out the blaze, reports the Bainbridge Review.

The fire appeared to start in the building located at the base of a tower on the property, but spread from the 12-foot-by-12-foot structure to nearby grass and then started a brush fire. The fire burned a grassy area about 50-foot square before it was doused by firefighters.

Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. It could have been worse, he added, given the recent dry spell on Bainbridge Island.

Salem has four AM stations in Seattle; KNTS 1680, KKOL 1300, KLFE 1590 and KGNW 820. Conservative talker  “Freedom 1590” KLFE and Spanish Christian “Radio Luz 1680” were off air. Both signals are now back on the air, John Butler, Salem Digital Program Director, Spoken Word and National Program Director, News/Business Talk, tells RBR-TVBR.

See the Bainbridge Review story here