Civilian Fire Deaths in Youngstown, Ohio

Unfortunately the year 1993 was not without tragedy and sorrow. For as much as the firefighters tried they could not rescue the 11 civilians who perished due to fire during the year. The firefighters understand that many times there is absolutely nothing we can do. But the call to 151 W. Glenaven during the Christmas season where seven (7) members of the Neeley family perished will be a call that the firefighters will remember for years to come. ~Fire Chief Hector Colon, 1993 YFD Annual Report.

List of civilian loss of life from individual fires in Youngstown, Ohio*

  1. December 20, 1980 – Eight killed in Hudson Ave Fire when overloaded electrical outlet catches fire. Jessie Evans, 48; Latressa Thorton, 9; Christopher Thorton, 8; Taren Axel, 6; Tijoan Axel, 7; Camelia Thorton, 4; Idresse Evans, 3; Randall Evans, 16.

  2. January 23, 2008 – *ARSON* Cell phone dispute leads to the death of six in Stewart Ave Home. Carol Crawford, 46; Jennifer R. Crawford, 23; Raneija Crawford, 8; Jeannine Crawford, 5; Aleisha Crawford, 3; Brandon Crawford, 2.

  3. December 22, 1993 – Seven dead in W Glenaven Fire. Unattended pot on stove is cause. Wardele Neely, 71; Mary Lee Neely; Lardell Neely, 9; Ebony Neely, 7; Stacey Neely, 6; Johnathan Smith, 4; Raven Neely, 2.

  4. December 31, 1963 – *ARSON* Four Children die in East Side Fire. Joshua Hall Jr, 12; Josephine Hall, 7; Brenda Hall, 4; Deveter Hall, 2.

  5. May 17, 2016 – One adult, two children die in Bryson Street Fire. 24 year old adult, 1 year old, 10 month old.

  6. February 5, 1981 - Laura Jackson, 40, and two sons, Ned Jr., 10, and Jamain, 4, and daughter, Annette, 4,  die in a fire ignited by a skillet at 127 Park Avenue, Youngstown. Five of Mrs. Jackson's other children escaped with injuries.

  7. January 27, 1987 – Three killed in North Side Boarding Home Arson.

  8. January 27, 1997 – *ARSON* Three dead in Landsdowne Blvd Fire. Anita Marie Hall, 23; two children 2 1/2 months and 14 months.

  9. November 22, 1999 – Three dead in W. Woodland Ave blaze. Two sisters and their friend.

  10. April 17, 2015 – *ARSON* Three perish in suspicious fire on Powers Way. William Schmidt, 63; Judy Schmidt, 61; Corinne Gump, 10

  11. April 1, 1983 – *ARSON* Mother kills two sons in fire to collect insurance. Joseph Clinkscale Jr, 2; Donovan Grant, 1.

  12. May 2, 2002 – *ARSON* Two children killed on E. Lucius Street Arson Fire. Ranayja Clark, 4; Rakaylah Clark, 8.

  13. January 1, 2004 – Couple die in W. Delason Street Fire. Sibyl Madden, 69; Christian Baraka, 62.



*Not a comprehensive list.

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