Warren firefighters are getting too familiar with a vacant house on Sidells Court. They responded to a fully involved fire early Friday morning and Sunday they were back. This time the fire was in the garage.
“This is definitely a reset,” said Assistant Chief Dan Suttle. “Somebody set the fire on both occasions.”
Just a street away at the VFW Post 1090 James Brown was with other members celebrating their ninth annual Toys for Tots run when he saw the smoke.
“I could just see dark, billowing clouds of smoke rolling up through the trees over there,” said Brown. “I got on the phone and called 911.”
Once on the scene, crews found a lot of tires in the garage. Those tires added fuel for the fire and had to be extinguished before they could get back in the house.
Residents say the neighborhood is generally quiet, but now they are concerned about the fires being set intentionally. Cara Kresevich has lived in the neighborhood for 22 years. She said the house that was set on fire has been vacant for more than a decade.
“Nothing has ever happened. Aside from people trying to steal the aluminum siding and an occasional homeless person but nothing like this,” said Kresevich. “I feel for the firemen. It’s a vacant house, but what if they get hurt. My nephew is firefighter.”
No firefighters were hurt, but Suttle said there are thousands of vacant homes throughout the city.
“When you have that many vacant structures, your likelihood of having something like this is elevated,” Suttle said.