Coroner identifies woman who died in Youngstown house fire

Karen Phillips, 49, passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center

Four people, including a young child, were taken to the hospital after a house caught fire in Youngstown early Sunday morning.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has identified a woman who died after being pulled out of a Youngstown house fire Sunday morning.

Karen Phillips, 49, passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

When Youngstown firefighters arrived, the entire first floor of the home at 350 Crandall Avenue was fully engulfed in flames.

A man, woman and their¬†6-year-old daughter jumped from a porch roof to escape the fire. Phillips, the woman’s sister who lived in an apartment on the third floor, was trapped.

Youngstown Fire Chief John O’Neill said firefighters pulled Phillips out and revived her, but it was too late to save her.

Melvin Neighbours lives next door and is also the father of the two women who live there.

“My oldest daughter, she was stuck on the third floor because of the smoke coming up and my other daughter, her husband and my granddaughter, they got out,” he said. “The firemen, thank God they came as soon as they did, they were able to get up to the third floor and bring my other daughter down.”

Capt. Kurt Wright, a fire investigator, said the fire was determined to be accidental and was electrical in nature. It started on the first floor of the home.

YFD Battalion Chief Gary DiTullio said it was a chaotic scene.

“The child was given to, from what I understand, a passerby,” he said. “They sent the child off the roof to the passerby who caught her. And so, the other adult jumped off the roof also, but the other victim was still in the house.”

The woman and young girl have been released from the hospital, while the man will need further treatment, according to Wright. The family’s two dogs did not survive the fire.


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