7 escape fire in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A family has been displaced after fire destroyed their Youngstown home Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. at a home on East Dewey Avenue, near Market Street on Youngstown’s South Side.

When crews arrived, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the front porch and inside the first floor.

Two adults and five children between 3 and 11 years old were able to get out of the house safely before firefighters arrived.

According to crews on the scene, the mother smelled smoke and woke everyone up. The family’s pet dog did not survive.

There were no working smoke alarms in the house.

Youngstown Battalion Chief Jimmy Drummond said it appears the fire started on the front porch.

“It’s definitely suspicious with the burn pattern,” said Drummond. “It’s still under investigation. The arson investigator is going to come and look at at it, but right now we’re not sure how it started.”

The Red Cross has been called in to help the family.

The home appears to be a total loss.

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