YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A vacant house on the city’s South Side burned to the ground Thursday afternoon.
The fire was reported just after 3 p.m. at 28 W. Philadelphia Ave., near the Market Street intersection. Smoke could be seen from several miles away.
Firefighters said the first floor already was fully involved when they arrived and the house collapsed within 30 minutes. Since the house was vacant, firefighters took a defensive stance and only prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring houses.
The cause is still under investigation but it is considered suspicious and an arson investigator was at the scene. Firefighters said the gas was shut off, but the electricity was still on.
No one was injured and the damage estimate is $15,000.