Youngstown firefighter hospitalized

Youngstown fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown firefighter was released from the hospital Sunday after getting injured on the job this weekend.

Lt. Ben Szmara was inside a house at the corner of Hillman and Kenmore Avenues on Saturday night when he fell through an uncovered air vent in the floor.

Szmara injured his hip and leg and was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.

A woman on scene said the house has been vacant for about two years.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but because utilities were off, firefighters suspect arson.

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