YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Crews in Youngstown worked late Sunday night to control two vacant house fires. One of them was on the same street where another fire broke out last week.
The first fire broke out on the east side just before 9:30 p.m. at a home on North Truesedale Avenue. About an hour later, another fire started on the south side at a house on West Earle Avenue.
Since March, the Youngstown Fire Department responded to nearly ten vacant home fires.
Battalion Chief Charlie Smith said danger is involved in battling a vacant fire just as an occupied one.
“It is pretty much a common thing. We deal with them like we deal with any other ones. You never know if there might be somebody in the house or not. So, if at all possible, we get them put out,” Smith said.
Last week, crews responded to a fire on West Earle Avenue, and had to return later when the fire rekindled. That same night a fire broke out on Overland Avenue.
All the fires are under investigation.