Warren memorial site damaged by fire

WARREN – Some of the memorial that was erected at the site of the single-vehicle accident that killed six teenagers was burned about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Warren Assistant fire Chief Dan Suttles said the department responded to a call along Niles Warren River Road about the fire and put it out with about 200 gallons of water.

“We do not know what caused the fire,” Suttles said. “We do not know if it was purposely set or something else happened. We have been told there were some candles placed at the site.”

Warren resident Heath-er Shuman said she went the Niles Warren River Road S.E. crash site after attending one of the victim’s funerals Monday.

“My daughter wanted to place a bear there,” Shuman said. “When we arrived, Warren firefighters were there cleaning it up.”

Shuman said she and several others decided to take much of what was left to the gravesites of the five young people already buried and will take some of the memorial items left for Ramone J. White to his gravesite later today.

“If someone did this on purpose, they are truly sick,” Shuman said. “It is a disgusting thing to do.”