Thurs. 2:57 p.m.: Leavittsburg fire under investigation

Tribune Chronicle

LEAVITTSBURG – The Trumbull County Fire Investigation Unit is investigating a fire that destroyed two garages and damaged two homes early Thursday morning on Burwell Road.

Warren Township fire Chief Ken Schick Jr. said it appears the fire at 444 Burwell Road was intentionally set. Investigators have a person of interest, said Schick, however, Matt Balut, chief of the Trumbull County Fire Investigation Unit, said he could not reveal more information. Balut said he will be interviewing people on Friday.

A neighbor woke to the sound of his dog barking, saw the fire and called for help at about 4 a.m. The neighbor then banged on the doors of 444 Burwell Road, where Dennis and Heather Tenney live, and 460 Burwell Road, where Jenny and Eddie Chagnot live.

Although parts of the two homes were damaged by the fire – heat damage to the outside of 460 Burwell Road and partial burning on the backroom of 444 Burwell Road – only the garages were destroyed.

Firefighters from Warren, Champion, Braceville and Southington townships responded to the blaze. It took about an hour to extinguish.