Brush fire spread quickly in Youngstown
A brush fire on Youngstown's East Side Monday afternoon caused some problems for firefighters trying to put it out.
The fire was in the woods along Route 616 near Coitsville Township. It was spreading quickly when Youngstown fire crews arrived on the the scene.
Four other departments were eventually called in to help. At one point, the fire threatened several homes on Route 616. The weather helped fuel the fire.
"You kind of saw this coming with the weather conditions. Breezy, dry, warm and right now the brush is dry. If you get somebody that is burning outside and the wind picks up and carries ember, that's all it takes," said Youngstown Fire Battalion Chief Gary DiTullio.
Crews also ran into problems with the soft ground. Their trucks became stuck in spots.
Youngstown firefighters called to vacant house fire
Youngstown firefighters spent the late morning battling a vacant house fire.
It happened at 521 E, Myrtle Ave. right around 11:15 a.m.
No word yet on what caused it, but firefighters tell us that it's been vacant for about a year, and it was mostly contained to the second floor.
No one was injured.
Youngstown firefighters have a busy Sunday
City firefighters were kept busy on Sunday with two vacant house fires and a third fire in a house that was undergoing major renovation.
Causes of all three fires are under investigation.
The first vacant house fire was reported at 521 E. Myrtle Ave. at 11:13 a.m. The two-story house, which had an unsecured back door and all utilities shut off, was a total loss with damage set at $4,000. The house had been vacant for more than one year.
At 5:03 p.m., firefighters responded to a blaze in a three-story house under renovation at 37 and 39 Tod Lane, where they estimated damage at $2,000.
All utilities there were shut off, but a torch, propane tank and roofing materials were on the roof, and tools and building materials were inside.
Neighbors said a group of men come at night to work on the house.
At 10:24 p.m., a fire was reported in a vacant two-story house at 214 S. Glenellen Ave.
Firefighters let the house, valued at $50,000, burn down as they tried to protect adjacent houses. However a house at 222 S. Glenellen was damaged.
No injuries were reported.
Crews battle string of fires in Youngstown
Youngstown firefighters battled three vacant house fires within about seven hours beginning Thursday night into early Friday morning.
The latest fire broke out about 4:30 a.m. Friday at a house at Oakland and Superior avenues on the city's North Side. Crews are letting the structure burn to the ground.
At about the same time Friday morning, a fire broke out at a house at 79 E. Glenhaven Avenue.
Thursday night, another fire broke out about 10 p.m. at 65 E. Glenhaven Avenue. The house was fully engulfed when crews arrived. The flames were so intense that the siding on a neighboring house melted.
The string of fires has put neighbors on edge and they are worried that more fires will be started.
"As neighbors, we need to band together. Somebody has to be watching out at all times. If they see something they don't know in the neighborhood or if they see anything suspicious, just call into the police and report it," said Michael Peterson. "Things like this are going to keep happening day in and day out."
A cause has not been determined in any of the fires. All are considered suspicious.
Youngstown scrap fire sends up tower of smoke
Although smoke could still be seen over an industrial area west of downtown Youngstown, city fire officials declared a smoky blaze at a scrap metal facility to be under control by 4:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
People for miles around reported seeing the smoke coming from Midwest Steel property on Division Street.
Fire officials on the scene told 21 News that piles of scrap metal and fiberglass were burning.
In addition to high winds, firefighters faced the challenge of not having any fire hydrants in the area.
There are no reports of injuries, or information on what sparked the fire.