YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown fire crews were called to the old Buckeye School located at 2734 Mount Vernon Avenue.
The building is on the south side of the city. A passerby reported the fire to police around 6:15 a.m. Friday morning and crews were able to clear the scene around 8 a.m.
Smoke could be seen coming from the second floor, toward the center, on the backside of the building.
“It got in from the second floor into the roof line — the void space between the ceiling and the roof — and had a little bit of progress on it, but we did get it stopped into mostly three classrooms on the second floor,” Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill said.
O’Neill said there’s no exact cause of the fire just yet, but they do think it started on the second floor.
He said with this heat and humidity, it’s important for firefighters to be cautious and take plenty of breaks.
“You only have so many personnel, resources to use, so you just keep rotating the crews and keeping them moving,” he said.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating.