Beaver Township fire kills victim, dog

The fire broke out just after 11 p.m. Thursday at the home on Forest Avenue in Beaver Township

One person died in a fire in Beaver Township, Ohio.


BEAVER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office said it’s going to take some time to identify the victim of a fire in Beaver Township Thursday night.

The fire broke out just after 11 p.m. at the home on Forest Avenue, destroying it.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing flames coming from the house.

When emergency crews arrived, it was already completely engulfed.

Once the fire was out, crews searched the home and found the victim and a dog, who also died.

The coroner said they’ll have to use dental records to identify the victim’s body.

Neighbor Krystyna Reider said it was shocking to wake up to such a tragedy.

“I’m sleeping, and mom comes into my room and says, ‘Look up.’ I look over, and the whole thing is in flames and you just stand there, you know? You can’t do anything and it is hard to do that,” Reider said.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released but a family member — and Reider — said it was a woman. WKBN is working to confirm that information.

“She pretty much raised me. She really loved her dog, so I hate to see the dog go,” Reider said. “It’s just sad to see someone go like that, but we’re going to miss her.”

The state fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Police said after interviewing neighbors, they do not believe foul play was involved.

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