Crews work to contain North Side fire
Youngstown fire crews worked to control a fire Thursday morning at a home on the city's North Side.
The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Thursday in a garage on Griffith Street, and the flames quickly spread to the nearby house.
A woman was inside the house but was able to escape.
The house was heavily damaged, and a vehicle inside the garage was destroyed. Flames also damaged a neighboring house.
A cause for the fire has not been determined, but investigators are calling it suspicious.
Neighbor helps save woman from Youngstown house fire
Youngstown firefighters say a neighbor helped rescue a woman from her burning north side home Thursday morning.
Flames were reported inside a garage at this home at Griffith Street and Fairmont Avenue just after 5:00 a.m.
When crews arrived on the scene, they say the fire had spread from the garage to the house.
A second alarm was called in twenty minutes after the initial call because fire crews say slippery conditions were making their job difficult.
A neighbor broke a window to help the woman living in the home get to safety.
Firefighters describe damage to the home as a total loss, but no one was injured.
YFD cuts ribbon on new station
It's moving day for the Youngstown fire department and everyone is excited about their new home.
Chief John O'Neill officially unveiled Station Number 9, located at 1624 East Midlothian Boulevard, during a special ceremony on Wednesday. Community leaders, firefighters, and residents gathered for the grand opening.
The $930,000 station includes 4,800 square feet of space that will house two fire trucks. The building replaces an old station located at the intersection of Sheridan road.
O'Neill said even though the new building is larger than the Sheridan station, which was built in the 1930s, it is more energy-efficient and will save the city money.
Station Number 9 is located closer to Interstate 680, which O'Neill says will help improve response time.
YFD to cut ribbon today on new Midlothian firehouse
The crew manning the fire department's new Station 9 on East Midlothian Boulevard reveled in the new digs Tuesday.
After just one day, firefighters said they were happy with their new station and glad to be rid of the old one on East Midlothian and Sheridan Road, plagued by rodents, a basement floor buttressed by timber, and a garage so small that sometimes the mirrors on the engine had to be pulled in to get it to fit.
"I guarantee we added years to our life with the move up here," said firefighter Bill Palma.
City officials will cut the ribbon today on the new station, which is in front of Ipes Field within close proximity to Interstate 680. The new station is not only more modern, but has enough space to hold the engine and a reserve truck. It has spacious quarters for firefighters on duty and better storage space for their equipment.
Price tag for the new station was about $879,000. Construction began in August.
"We're very happy," said Capt. Perry Harrison, who has been with the department for 20 years. "We're real proud of it."
Of all the hardships at the old station, it was the rats and mice, which were attracted because of an abandoned store next door with all the food left in, that the firefighters remembered the most.
"There were real big rats in the old station. And raccoons," Harrison said.
The first crew manned the station Monday. The first call was a car fire at 8:21 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Mabel Avenue.
Lt. Chris Brown, who drives the truck when he is on duty, said it was a strange experience when he backed it in Tuesday morning because he was used to having to squeeze it through the doors at the old station.
"I'm so used to hugging the wall, and the captain was telling me, 'You know, you've got a lot of space,'" Brown said.
Harrison said the new station also has ample space inside for storage and for drying fire hoses. He said the storage space at the old station was outside, and hoses had to be dried outside also.
Even washing the engine will be easier now, because of the way the floor was slanted in the old station, Harrison said.
"If you washed the truck inside, the water would run into the living room," Harrison said.
Getting in and out of the new station also will be easier, and not just because of the wider garage.
Brown said the old station was at an intersection with a traffic signal, and there were times when the engine could not get onto the road because traffic was backed up at the light. The new station is located several yards away from a traffic signal, so getting in and out through traffic should not be a problem.
Brown said the station is answering more calls heading west down Midlothian, so the new location gives firefighters better response time.
Crews respond to vacant house fire
A fire did some damage to a vacant house just off South Avenue on Sunday night.
It happened around 10 p.m. in the 500 block of Pasadena Avenue.
Callers told 911 dispatchers the fire looked like it was coming from the back of the house.
Fire crews were able to get there and put out the flames.
It was reported that no one was living in the house.
Firefighters aren't yet sure how much damage was done or what started the fire.