Smoke forces evacuation of building on YSU campus
Ward Beecher Hall on the YSU campus has been evacuated after smoke from roof construction seeped into the sixth floor level.
A blow torch set roofing tar on fire, sending smoke through the ventilation system.
The building was evacuated as a precaution at around 11:15 a.m. Monday.
There are no reports of injuries and the fire is out.
The Youngstown Fire Department is on the scene.
Youngstown fire destroys camper, vacant home
Youngstown firefighters were kept busy Monday evening battling a house fire on the city's south side.
The call came in just after 7 p.m. for a camper on fire in the 500 block of West Delason Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found the camper fire had spread to an abandoned home that it had been parked next to.
Firefighters have no idea how it started. Witnesses said they think it may have been started by some kids playing nearby.
No injuries in South Side fire this afternoon
No one was injured in a fire that officials blamed on a stove at an Elbertus Avenue home about noon today.
Crews were called to the 3700 block of Elbertus Avenue and found light smoke coming from the house. The people inside had escaped before firefighters arrived, said a fire department spokesman on the scene.
The spokesman said the majority of the damage inside was caused by smoke. A damage estimate is not yet available.
Youngstown welcomes new police officer, 3 firefighters
A series of hires and promotions means the Youngstown police and fire departments are back up to full strength.
Mayor John McNally welcomed one new police officer and three new firefighters Thursday. The new officer is LaCameron Workman. The three new firefighters are David Bernat, Scott Barton and Samuel Lucarell.
He also promoted two firefighters to command positions. Leslie Murphy was promoted from lieutenant to captain and Charles Smith was promoted from captain to battalion chief.
McNally said the police and fire departments are back up to full strength and that many of the new hires already live in the city of Youngstown. He said the city must keep trying to recruit city residents and minorities to jobs in the safety forces.
"We are always looking to improve our ability to hire city residents," McNally said. "In the fire department, a couple of our officers were basically teaching a fire cadet class at Choffin over the past year, giving some city residents some new exposure to the fire services."
McNally said the city civil service commission has also done a good job in recruiting applicants for city departments.
Because the police department is up to full staff, officers can now shift to more crime prevention work. On Monday, the new community policing squadron starts in every ward in the city.
Youngstown firefighters save the day for 4-year-old
A local family is grateful for the actions of the Youngstown Fire Department.
Rhonda Hill's daughter De-Asia caught her leg in the metal of her bicycle along West Delason Avenue Monday and was trapped. The Youngstown Fire Department arrived within minutes and the cut the bike away from the 4-year-old's leg.
She suffered a hairline fracture and her bike was ruined. But firefighters came back that night with a big surprise: A new bike.
"I was stunned. Nobody ever did anything like that for me or my kids. It was a blessing. The Youngstown Fire Department is a blessing," Hill said.
De-Asia is doing well and recovering from her accident and is anxious to get on her new bicycle.