Two fires may be connected
A house fire early Tuesday morning kept crews busy in Youngstown.
The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. at a vacant house on Delaware Avenue.
Crews allowed the house to burn to the ground, making sure the flames did not spread to other structures. The intense heat did damage the siding on a neighboring house.
Earlier Tuesday morning, a garage burned to the ground on Norwood Avenue, near Wirt Street. The home next to the garage was empty.
Firefighters said they believe the two fires are connected.
Youngstown firefighters battle three fires
Firefighters battled blazes at three vacant structures on the North Side late Monday and early Tuesday morning.
Crews were called to a vacant duplex at 1819 Ohio Ave. about 10:20 p.m. Monday and found smoke coming from the second floor. Crews were able to get inside and put the fire out. Damage is listed at $5,000.
About 2:45 a.m. Tuesday crews were called to 706 Norwood Ave. for a vacant garage that was fully engulfed in flame and was allowed to burn down. Damage is listed at $500 there.
While answering that call, crews responded to a vacant 908 Delaware Ave. home with heavy fire on the first floor rapidly spreading to the second floor. Firefighters were hampered by a broken hydrant on Clyde Avenue, reports said. Before the blaze was put out two cars were destroyed, the siding on two neighboring homes buckled and the windows on one of those homes were blown out by the heat.
Damage there is estimated at almost $7,000. The home was a complete loss. Reports say all three fires are under investigation. There were no injuries.
Vacant house in Youngstown burns
A vacant house on Youngstown's east side burns to the ground tonight.
The fire started a little after 7:30 on Oak Street.
The house had flames coming out of it when firefighters got there. The house was vacant.
Since there were no other homes nearby, fire crews decided to let it burn.
Firefighters don't know yet what started the fire.
East Side fire apparent arson
Firefighters extinguished an apparent arson at a vacant home at 139 North Forest Ave. on the East Side at 7:39 p.m. Saturday.
The home was on the city's demolition list and didn't have any utilities, so the blaze was most likely arson, said Terrence Jordon, battalion chief.
The home wasn't close to any other structures and was fully engulfed when the fire department arrived, so firefighters let it burn.
Second fire strikes the Rodeway Inn
One day after abruptly closing its doors, a fire broke out Saturday at the Rodeway Inn on Belmont Avenue in Liberty
According a township fire official, crews were called just before midnight to the former Metroplex on reports of a blaze in one of the rooms.
The fire was contained to the room, and crews cleared the scene about 2 a.m.
The official wasn't sure if there was anyone in the building when firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A day earlier, hotel owner, Indira Periyasamy, told guests and employees she was closing the hotel because of a fire that broke out there last Monday. All guests and employees were told to be off the property by 9 a.m.
She also turned in her operating license and her liquor license to the Ohio State Department of Commerce.
A fire marshal is investigating the cause of Monday's fire, which started in the hotel's laundry room.
Periyasamy put the business up for sale through an online auction in November, but it was never sold because the minimum asking price was not met.
Also closed is Goodies Restaurant, which means 20 employees are out of work.