Early morning house fire in Youngstown
Fire crews in Youngstown were called out to an early morning house fire.
Flames broke out at a vacant home along Florence Street around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Officials tell 21 News they were forced to spray two houses on either side to keep them from catching fire.
The vacant structure was a total loss and no injuries were reported.
No word as to what caused that fire.
Youngstown firefighters protest proposed cuts
Youngstown firefighters continue to show dissatisfaction with a proposed plan by the city to reduce man power and eliminate a fire truck.
Dozens of firefighters representing IAFF Local 312 marched from Fire House One to Youngstown City Hall on Wednesday. The group planned to go before council and stress their concerns for safety. But once there, they could only sit quietly since council doesn't allow public comments during special meetings.
"People have to realize Youngstown has the highest arson rate in the state of Ohio, in the top 3 in the nation," said Union President David Cook. "We just cant stand by idle, it's too dangerous to the citizens and too dangerous to the firefighters."
Mayor John McNally says he's heard their concerns but, with a $2.5 - 2.8 million deficit predicted for 2016 he hasn't changed his mind.
"If we wait until the beginning of 2016 to make these cuts you're looking at the closing of at least one station, the closing of probably two trucks, you're looking at probably 18-20 individuals being laid off," said McNally.
As the plan is now, the city will take one fire truck off the road beginning January 1, 2015 and reduce the work force by eight, through attrition rather than lay-offs.
Youngstown Fire Chief John O'Neill says it's not an ideal situation but he's crunched the numbers and realizes the reductions are necessary.
"If we don't make this small move now the problem a year from now will be much greater, with much greater effects," said O'Neill. "I want the best solution for the problem. The problem before us is a deficit that could be devastating a year form now and much worse than this, I want to try and get ahead of it."
Youngstown firefighters to protest equipment and manpower cuts
Youngstown firefighters plan to demonstrate their opposition to what they say is the administration's proposed plan to reduce manpower in the fire department and eliminate a fire truck.
A news release from the Youngstown Professional Firefighters union says members will have an informational gathering at a special meeting of Youngstown City Council scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
This past summer, Mayor John A. McNally and Fire Chief John J. O'Neill, Jr. told 21 News that the city could save nearly one million dollars by taking one fire truck off the roads.
The mayor said that the selected fire truck would be taken out of full service, but remain active for emergencies. The plan would also use attrition such as retirements, to eliminate the manpower currently needed to staff that truck around the clock.
Firefighters wearing shirts bearing their union logo will walk from the Number One Firehouse to City Hall at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the news release from the firefighters union, the demonstration will be held to express concerns and dissatisfaction with what the union calls, "the administration's decision to risk the safety of the citizens and firefighters of this community."
New name sought for dog rescued from roof
Youngstown firefighter Kyle Trimble is seeking the public's help to rename the dog he rescued from a roof in Youngstown last weekend.
Isis, a Rottweiller-Doberman mix, climbed through a hole in the roof of the South Jackson Street home sometime last week and was too scared to come back down. Police, fire and humane agents responded to the house on Saturday and Trimble carried Isis down a ladder.
She is eating and is slowly gaining weight. Humane agent Dave Nelson said she would weigh about 85 pounds and was 30 pounds underweight when she was found. The dog's owner signed ownership of Isis over to the county and Trimble took her home on Wednesday.
He said he had not been looking for a dog, but is glad he found her.
"With this situation, it just kind of seems right and she has herself a good home and she is a good fit for me," Trimble said. "She is an amazing dog, she is really good around other people and other dogs. She is just a real lovable type of dog."
To help Trimble name his new furry friend, fill out the form below. Our station has received nearly 250 submissions, with some of the more popular choices being Rufus, Blaze, Angel, Lucky, Miracle Bella, Patience and Cinder.
Firefighters protest at Youngstown council; worker raises granted
Youngstown firefighters walked from the downtown fire station with firefighters from nine other area departments to a city council meeting to protest Youngstown's plan to reduce its ranks.
Mayor John A. McNally said the city will take a fire truck off the road, starting in January, and not replace eight firefighters who will leave through retirement. It's a key component of his plan to save the city $1 million annually.
Dave Cook, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 312, said the walk Wednesday was "to bring more awareness and express our displeasure with the disturbing decision to close a fire truck. Why would you shut down a fire truck in the city with the highest arson rate in Ohio?"
Removing the truck will impact response time to fires, and puts firefighters and residents in dangerous situations, he said.
Bill Gadd, a Warren firefighter, said his city went through a similar situation years ago with disastrous results.
Youngstown is facing a $2.5 million to $2.8 million deficit in January 2016, and cuts need to be made now, McNally said.
"If we wait until 2016, we'll have to close one station, two trucks and lay off 20 people," he said. "This department hasn't seen a staffing cut since 2002."
The department currently has 138 on staff.
Fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr., who helped formulate the plan with McNally, said, "When you reduce staff, there is always safety concerns. But we believe this is the most effective way to save money while keeping firefighters and citizens safe."