Fire guts Youngstown church

Ebenezer Church of God in Christ was gutted by fire early Saturday.
Ebenezer Church of God in Christ was gutted by fire early Saturday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Firefighters worked Saturday to control a fire at a church on Youngstown’s south side.

According to fire officials, crews were called about 3:45 a.m. to Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, 566 W. Indianola Ave.

When they arrived, the building was engulfed. It wasn’t until about 6 a.m. that the fire was finally put out.

It was not immediately clear what started the blaze.

Battalion Chief Ron Russo said the extreme cold created some problems for the firefighters and equipment.

“Bad temperatures – real bad temperatures. A lot of water and a lot of ice. Guys were falling. We got one truck frozen to the ground over there,” Russo said.

Firefighters had to use a torch to melt the ice and free the truck.

According to the Mahoning County Auditor’s website, the church was built in 1920 and originally served as a Presbyterian church. It is now vacant.

It was sold to Ebenezer in 1995, but has been vacant for a number of years.

A phone number for Ebenezer church has been disconnected.

No injuries were reported.

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