YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is trying to determine what started a house fire that killed a Youngstown man on Wednesday, while family is distraught over the loss of a loved one.
The fire started around 11 a.m. at a house on West Laclede Avenue, which is just off of Glenwood Avenue. When the Youngstown Fire Department arrived at the scene, they found heavy flames, according to Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill.
“It was pretty intense fire, especially in the front of the house, but it did spread into the other rooms,” O’Neill said.
He said it appeared as if the fire started on the first floor in a front room where the male victim was found. The coroner’s office has not released the man’s name, but a neighbor said he called the elderly man, Mr. Charles.
All of the neighbors had positive things to say about the victim. For one neighbor, his death was especially hard.
Rodney Fort said he knew the victim since he was a young kid and even called him “pops.”
“He was just a sweet, sweet person,” he said.
Fort lives right across the street. He just got home from a doctor’s appointment when he saw the fire.
“I touched the window, and it was smoking, and I bust the window and called in to Mr. Charles and tried to get the door open,” he said.
The victim’s daughter said she had the best dad and loved him.
The coming days are going to be difficult, and now she has to celebrate the holidays without a man she adored.