Two vacant houses destroyed by fire in Youngstown
Youngstown fire investigators are looking into two separate blazes that destroyed two vacant homes early Friday morning in Youngstown.
The first house caught fire in the 1500 block of Himrod Avenue, the second on Forest Glen Avenue.
That fire started some time between midnight and 12:30 a.m.
Youngstown firefighters had both fires out within 30 minutes.
Firefighters at the scene reported that the fires caused no injuries but have not determined their causes.
Youngstown firefighters battle house fire, humidity
Not the best of conditions to fight a house fire, but the Youngstown Fire Department responded to a vacant house on the Southside of Youngstown early Saturday. The two-story wooden structure on West LaClede near Market Street burned to the ground.
YFD got the first call at 4:25am; firefighters returned to the scene at 7:45 when the fire kicked up again. That house sat right behind AA Customs on Market Street; no official cause yet for the fire.
Fire destroys two vacant houses in Youngstown
Two vacant houses burned down on Youngstown's south side early Thursday morning.
A fire broke out about 3 a.m. at one house along King Street, just off of South Avenue. Shortly after, the neighboring house caught fire.
Several calls came in to the WKBN 27 First News newsroom reporting heavy smoke in the area.
Crews worked to contain the fire from spreading.
YFD promotes eight
The city fire department resolved a backlog of lieutenant vacancies Wednesday. The department promoted seven firefighters to lieutenant and one from lieutenant to captain in a ceremony at Central Fire Station downtown.
Promoted to lieutenant were Chris Vass, Andre Miller, Anthony Ciccone, Robert Class, Ryan Ott, Mike Stryffeler and William Palma. Promoted to captain was April Edwards.
Mayor John A. McNally issued the oaths of office for all eight.
Fire Chief John O'Neill said there were so many vacancies because the list from the last civil-service test for lieutenant expired, and it took some time to schedule a new test. The new test was given in May.
"I don't think we've ever been this far behind," O'Neill said.
Besides being a supervisor, the lieutenant often drives the firetruck, O'Neill said. He said there are now enough lieutenants to staff all city fire stations for all three turns. He said juggling the schedule allowed for enough lieutenants to be on duty most of the time.
"This'll actually give us quite a bit of relief," O'Neill said.
The chief said the department is now staffed at 130 firefighters, its limit. He said no more firefighters will be hired this year unless someone retires.
8 firefighters promoted in Youngstown
Mayor John McNally and Fire Chief John O'Neill promoted eight firefighters in Youngstown Wednesday.
"It's quite a thrill to be moved up into a command position. I've been there as a firefighter myself," Youngstown Councilman John Swierz said.
Family members and friends came to support the seven new lieutenants and one new captain. Lieutenant Christopher Vass said his three young sons are frequent visitors to the station.
"They come to visit me at the fire department, they love it, they're always acting like they are firemen and say they want to be firemen too," Vass said.
Vass said he can't see himself doing anything else.
"Just serving the community working with my fellow co-workers, it's just great, and I love coming to work every day," Vass said. "It's the greatest job in the world, I absolutely love it."
The new lieutenants will drive the engines to fire scenes and help train new firefighters sworn in last month.
"It's definitely an on-the-job training here, and we do get our fair share of fires, of course," O'Neill said.
The ceremony also include the promotion of April Edwards to captain.