Neighbors smash window, save teen from Boardman house fire

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – As Robert Boyd assesses the fire damage at his Boardman Township home, he thinks about the safety of his family and is thankful that no one was hurt.

Boyd was not home when flames broke out about 10 p.m. Monday at his house on West Boulevard, but his teen daughter was. Thankfully, she was able to make it out safely.

Neighbors spotted the smoke and called 911 and even smashed a front window to warn the girl who was inside and unaware of the fire.

“The only thing I was worried about is my daughter and making sure my kids get out of the house,” Boyd said. “The house is insured, so it’s not a huge issue.”

The damages could reach $200,000, according to investigators.

Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said the fire moved fast through the house, damaging several areas.

“The fire not only consumed contents on the inside part of the home but also got into the structure on the first floor, the second floor, into the attic space and two separate roof attics,” Pitzer said.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but Pitzer thinks a wood stove in one of the garages of the house may have ignited the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Several departments responded to the fire including Youngstown, Canfield, Austintown and Boardman.