YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Two Youngstown firefighters suffered “significant” steam burns while battling a fire at a vacant four-plex on the city’s South Side Wednesday evening.
The firefighters were treated at a local hospital and released.
Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Ron Russo said the building at 4210-4216 Southern Blvd. is undergoing renovations and he said the fire is “very suspicious.” Youngstown arson investigator Capt. Alvin Ware has been called in to investigate and he will be on the scene Thursday morning, Russo said.
He said the fire started about 6:30 p..m. in the unit at 4214 Southern Boulevard, which is on the first floor, and quickly spread to the second floor. Russo said the entire building sustained heavy smoke and fire damage, but crews knocked down the blaze pretty quickly.
He said the building can be repaired.
Smoke could be seen pouring out of the windows and firefighters had to break the windows on the second floor to let the smoke escape because the first-floor windows and doors were boarded up.
A neighbor said the building has been vacant for some time and has been the target of vandals.