Fire deaths on rise locally

Youngstown firefighters may need help coping after Monday's triple fatal fire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Since the start of the year, 64 Ohioans have died in fires.

Mahoning and Columbiana counties account for 15 percent of that number. Over the weekend, there were two different fires that killed three people.

Two people were killed in Salem and an elderly, disabled woman died in a house fire about 10 miles east of the Ohio and Pennsylvania border in Rochester in Beaver County.

Since March 29, there have been eight fire-related deaths in the area. Three of those deaths have been children younger than 10

Statistics provided by the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office shows a downward trend in fire-related deaths in Ohio since 2010. However, the number of deaths in the Valley have stayed consistent.

But, there is an even more startling number to point out. In the first three-and-a-half months of this year, there already have been nine fire-related deaths in the Valley. Last year for the entire year, there were 12.

Several of the fires are still under investigation.

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