Police say it appears that someone is bent on burning a Salem strip mall, having set it afire three times in the past five weeks.
The Statesman Journal reports that the latest fire at the Plaza Del Sol broke out about 4 a.m. Thursday, damaging a restaurant. The mall has seven tenants.
Lt. Steve Birr said the fires appear consistent: amateur efforts using accelerants early in the morning, when the building was otherwise unoccupied.
He said surveillance video has shown two men running from the building.
Birr’s assessment: “I’ve never seen anyone so determined to torch a building.”
Flames went through the roof of the La Movida Bar and Grill on Thursday. Birr said other businesses weren’t damaged, thanks to a sprinkler system.