Police: Children who posted video not responsible for Salem fire

Police: Children who posted video not responsible for Salem fire
The burned out remains of the mini-mall that caught fire late Monday night shows the intensity of the fire.

SALEM, Ore. – Investigators say children who posted a video on the Internet, apparently joking about starting a fire in a mini-mall, had nothing to do with starting the blaze, Salem police said Friday.

The three-alarm fire gutted a large portion of a building at the Academy Square mini-mall on 1048 Lancaster Drive. It started late Monday night.

On the cellphone video posted on Facebook, that showed firefighters battling the flames, a male voice could be heard saying, "I went in there, and I threw a firework, and I thought it was just gonna be a harmless joke."

Police said they interviewed the children and determined they were not involved with the fire.

According to police, investigators have finished processing the fire scene, but they are still asking for anyone who has information about the fire or was near the mall when the fire started to call them at 503-588-6050.

Police have not yet released a cause of the fire and the investigation is continuing.