1 injured in Austintown apartment fire

Fire Chief Frost said the fire started in the kitchen then spread throughout the apartment

One person was injured in an apartment fire in Austintown Thursday night.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One person was injured in an apartment fire in Austintown Thursday night.

Crews were called to the Westchester Apartments on Westchester Drive around 11:45 p.m. on reports of a grease fire. When they arrived, flames were coming from the front of the unit.

Austintown Fire Chief Andy Frost said the residents attempted to put the fire out but couldn’t. The fire then spread from the kitchen throughout the apartment.

One person was able to make it out safely but another person was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening burn injuries.

Frost said initially they had an issue with the water supply while trying to put the fire out.

“We had a frozen hydrant. We called out the tanker from Canfield but we were actually able to thaw it and got it going,” Frost said.

The apartment building was evacuated. Frost said they are hoping to segregate the burned unit so the other residents can return to their apartments.

Frost later said the damages to that one unit are estimated to be around $40,000.


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