Vacant house damaged by fire
A vacant home burned early Monday morning on Youngstown's south side.
The fire broke out about 2 a.m. at the house in the 3900 block of Howard Street, off Midlothian Avenue.
Although no one lived in the house, neighbors said they've seen someone working on it. They also said a fire broke out at the same house last month.
Crews battle fire on north side of Yo.
Firefighters in Youngstown were called into action this afternoon for an occupied house fire.
The call went out at 2:30 p.m. for a house on Alameda Avenue on the north side of town just south of Crandall Park.
The homeowner called police claiming there was "fire in the walls."
When crews arrived, they saw smoke pouring out of the second floor and quickly extinguished the flames.
"We believe the fire started in a bedroom and extended up an exterior wall. Right now the cause is under investigation," Youngstown Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Terrence Jordon said.
Everyone living in the house got out safely, and there were no injuries reported.
Crews battle fire on north side of Yo
Crews are on the scene of a house fire at 361 Alameda Ave. Friday afternoon in Youngstown.
The house, which is on the north side of Youngstown, is located a block south of Crandall Park.
Youngstown firefighters optimistic that city will keep truck in service
Youngstown firefighters are hoping to learn by Thursday that the city will keep a fire truck that was going to be put out of service.
David Cook, president of Firefighters Local 312, tells 21 News that he expects that Mayor John McNally will reveal a decision on an earlier announced plan to reduce man power and eliminate a fire truck beginning next month.
The president of the Youngstown Professional Firefighters Union is not confident however, that the mayor will change his mind about eliminating eight fire department positions through attrition.
Mayor McNally says that the city is still considering its options to cut costs.
McNally says that Youngstown is facing a projected $2.5 million deficit for 2016.
Youngstown mayor, fire chief agree to union's firetruck counterproposal
With some hesitation, Mayor John A. McNally and fire Chief John J. O'Neill Jr. agreed to a counterproposal to their plan to take a firetruck off the road starting next month.
A key component of McNally’s and O’Neill’s plan to save $1 million a year was to not use a truck and eliminate three captains, three lieutenants and two firefighters through attrition.
Late last week, union officials agreed to eliminate eight positions — all firefighters — also through attrition, and keep the truck on the road while agreeing to have no more than seven of its members on vacation at any given time, down from eight.
The changes proposed by the union, as long as the union gives its full cooperation, would save $1,035,000 in 2015, McNally and O'Neill wrote.
But they expressed some concerns in the letter.
"The most problematic part of the proposal is that it leaves the department with very little staff on each turn," McNally and O'Neill wrote in a letter to David Cook, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 312. "There is very little allowance for sickness, injury, death-in-family or other approved forms of leave."
Cook said union members have agreed to the vacation change and other issues to implement the plan.