Firefighters battle 3 blazes in Youngstown
The Youngstown Fire Department fought three house fires early Sunday morning. Two on the South Side of the city, and one on the North Side.
Crews were dispatched to 928 Catalina Avenue, 124 East Lucius Avenue and 150 East Philadelphia Avenue early Sunday morning.
The first call that came in was for the fire on Catalina Avenue, on the North Side, shortly after 2 a.m.
Crews were then dispatched to E. Lucius and E. Philadelphia Avenues, just a couple blocks apart on the South Side after 6 a.m.
\"The two on the South Side probably are related,\" said Chief John O\'Neill of the Youngstown Fire Department. \"I don\'t have a reason to believe the North Side one would be related to the South Side ones.\"
All the houses were vacant, but two were located next to occupied properties. So, crews had to move quickly to prevent additional damage.
\"At one point, there on the South Side, we had all our crews out,\" said Chief O\'Neill. \"Half were at one fire and half were at the other.\"
A couple of the firefighters sustained minor injuries.
\"A hurt shoulder, one got hurt with an ax, with a slip of the ax,\" said O\'Neill.
There have been several fires around the city in the last couple weeks.
The chief said vacant structure fires are not unusual. They usually respond to about 300 a year.
\"To average one vacant structure a day is about normal, or one fire a day,\" added O\'Neill.
This time of year, vacant structure fires normally increase slightly for different reasons.
\"People get frustrated cause they\'re still there,\" said O\'Neill. \"You got vagrants, maybe who were trying to stay warm, specially last night. So, that cause kind of comes up a little bit higher.\"
The three fires remain under investigation.
Officials investigating early morning fire in Youngstown
The Youngstown fire department responded to a house fire early Sunday morning.
Fire officials on the scene tell 21 News that the Catalina Avenue home that caught fire is vacant. No one was injured.
They also say the home could be a total loss.
Battalion Chief Gary DiTullio tells 21 News that damages are estimated to be around $6,600.
Officials are still investigating what could have caused the fire.
Fire in Youngstown\'s uptown district destroys building
Investigators say the fire inside a commercial building in Youngstown\'s uptown area is a total loss.
Firefighters were called just after 4 a.m. on Friday to a brick building at Market Street and Princeton Avenue that housed the Joker\'s Wrath Motorcycle Club.
The fire forced police to close that portion of Market Street to traffic for several hours.
Investigators say the blaze broke out in vacant second floor apartments, but they are still looking for the cause of the fire.
No injuries were reported.
Fire damages motorcycle club
Crews in Youngstown are working to contain a fire on the South Side.
Firefighters were called about 4 a.m. to the Jokerís Wrath motorcycle club on Market Street, near Indianola.
Market Street is closed between Indianola Avenue and Dewey Avenue.
We have a crew on the scene. Check back here and tune in to our upcoming newscasts for updates.
City firefighters battle fires at two vacant buildings
City firefighters battled fires at two vacant buildings Thursday.
Crews called to 1161 McGuffey Road on the East Side about 12:50 p.m. Thursday found a small fire in a vacant office building. Damage is listed at $1,000.
At 1607 E. Indianola Ave., crews called at 8:50 p.m. found a fire in the second floor and attic of a two-story home and managed to contain the fire there. Damage is listed at $4,800, a total loss.
There were no injuries in either blaze.