Crews battle string of fires in Youngstown


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown firefighters battled three vacant house fires in seven hours beginning Thursday night into early Friday morning.

The latest fire broke out about 4:30 a.m. Friday at a house at Oakland and Superior avenues on the city’s North Side. Crews let the structure burn to the ground.

At about the same time Friday morning, a fire broke out at a house at 79 E. Glenaven Avenue.

Thursday night, another fire broke out about 10 p.m. at 65 E. Glenaven Avenue. The house was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The flames were so intense that the siding on a neighboring house melted.

The string of fires has put neighbors on edge, and they are worried that more fires will be started.

“As neighbors, we need to band together. Somebody has to be watching out at all times. If they see something they don’t know in the neighborhood or if they see anything suspicious, just call into the police and report it,” said Michael Peterson. “Things like this are going to keep happening day in and day out.”

A cause has not been determined in any of the fires. All are considered suspicious.

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