Fires keep crews busy

WARREN – The Warren Fire Department was called out Sunday afternoon to a fire at 615 Sidells Court N.E. – three days after battling a blaze there early Friday morning.

It also was the second house fire reported Sunday in Trumbull County.

Assistant fire Chief Dan Suttles said the department responded to the blaze about 5 p.m. to find the vacant house and attached garage in flames.

He said the fire appeared to have started in the garage and then spread to the two-story house. Thick, black smoke billowed from the structure for about 20 minutes before crews got the blaze under control.

Residents who live nearby on High Street said a homeless man was living in the house, but Suttles said there was no one found inside.

Suttles said the department knocked down a fire about 3 a.m. Friday at the same location. That fire also was mainly in the garage area.

”This is being ruled as suspicious in nature. It is not a rekindle,” he said Sunday afternoon.

The Trumbull County Auditor’s website lists the owners as Donald and Harvada E. Thomas. It was last appraised at $6,000 in 2011.

Earlier Sunday, Champion and Warren township crews were called to 3981 Mahoning Ave. N.W. for a fire on the second floor of the two-story residence.

Warren Township fire Capt. Guy Stowe told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News that the fire started just before 11 a.m. in an upstairs bedroom.

“We do not have a cause yet. Fire investigators are en route. No upper floor, ceiling is gone, one bedroom is wiped out in the hallway,” Stowe said.

Homeowner Dawna Fye was assessing the damage later in the day.

“Right now we’re just trying to figure out what to do because we didn’t have any insurance on the house,” Fye said.

Though no one was hurt, she did mention that their cat is still missing. Fye said she thinks the cause was electrical.

Causes and damage estimates were not available late Sunday for either fire.

A day of multiple blazes has become a bit of a pattern recently. In addition to the initial Sidells Court blaze, crews around the Mahoning Valley battled numerous fires on Friday.

The day began with a vacant house fire on the South Side of Youngstown. The fire erupted about midnight in the 500 block of Alexander Street, close to Poland Avenue. Neighbors said the house has been empty for some time.

At 1:30 a.m., fire destroyed a vacant apartment complex at1743 Naylor Lloyd Road in Liberty. Firefighters allowed the building, which had been vacant for several years, to burn. The 32-unit apartment building is the fourth structure at the former complex to burn to the ground since November 2011.

Officials said the fire is suspicious.

About 3 a.m., Warren crews responded to a blaze at 209 Washington St. N.W. Fire Chief Ken Nussle said the blaze “resulted in the gutting of the house.” The roof eventually caved in.

The house, according to the Trumbull County Auditor’s website, is owned by LaShawn Ziegler and Sherri L. Ramsey and was last appraised at $64,200 in 2011. The person renting the house was not home at the time, Nussle said, and no injuries were reported.

All of the earlier fires remain under investigation.