Fri., 8:48am: One dead in house fire

SALEM – One person is believed dead after a Thursday afternoon garage fire on Country Club Lane.

The Mahoning County coroner confirmed the fatality.

Damascus and Salem fire departments responded to the blaze shortly before 3 p.m. and found the detached garage on the backside of the home engulfed in flames. The fire damaged the back side of the home, but was contained to the garage. A vehicle parked in the garage was also destroyed in the fire.

The occupants of the home, an elderly woman and her son, were unable to be found immediately following the fire. However, WKBN said that the mother, reportedly in her 90s, was located later.

Damascus Fire Chief Derek Day said very little information was available Thursday night and the investigation was ongoing. Day said the cause of the fire is unknown.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

Goshen police also responded to the incident and are assisting in the investigation.