Crews battle latest in string of vacant house fires

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Youngstown firefighters were busy Wednesday battling the latest in a string of vacant house fires in the city.

Crews were called to the 1700 block of Landsdowne Boulevard around 2 a.m.

Firefighters quickly got the flames under control. No one was hurt.

WKBN.COM records show there have been at least seven vacant house fires in the city in June alone.

    • Grant Street- June 1
    • Boston Avenue – June 4
    • Parkwood Avenue – June 6
    • Boston Avenue – June 7
    • Kenneth Street – June 11
    • East Florida Avenue – June 18
    • Landsdowne Boulevard – June 19

Chief John O’Neill said the fires do more than just destroy already abandoned structures as flames often spread to neighboring homes.

“Good houses then become damaged by them and just causes the problem to multiply because a lot of people who end up getting their houses damaged don’t have insurance, can’t afford to fix it and end up vacating their house,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill said the fires this week don’t appear to be connected. He said roughly 400 structure fires are handled by the department every year with 300 involving vacant structures.

Youngstown has the highest per capita arson rate nationwide.

Here is a map of the seven suspected arsons in June. Click on the icons to see more information about each fire.

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