Woman dies in Howland fire

HOWLAND – A township man was transported by helicopter to an Akron burn center on Wednesday following a morning fire that killed his 80-year-old mother.

Fire crews were called about 5 a.m. to the one-story duplex at 7582 Pegotty Drive N.E.

Fire officials did not release the occupants’ names. However, sources said Naomi Smith was found in a bedroom and died at the scene and that her son, Richard, was taken to a local hospital.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office said a ruling on the cause of Smith’s death will be made pending the fire marshal’s report.

Officials said the woman was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital. The man, believed to be in his 50s, was initially transported to St. Joseph Health Center. Howland fire Chief James Pantalone said that once he was stabilized, he was flown to Akron to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Pantalone said the blaze originated in a central area of the home where the dining room, kitchen and garage are located.

As of Wednesday, the cause remained under investigation by the state fire marshal. An estimate damage was not available.

The Red Cross is assisting residents of the adjacent duplex.

It was the second blaze in the township that fire crews were called to in two days.

On Tuesday, fire broke out at a home at 1025 Westover Drive just after 9 p.m. David Nycum was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Officials said neighbors pulled him from the front door of the house minutes before fire crews arrived.

Pantalone said the cause of that fire was also under investigation.

Officials reported that two cats survived Tuesday’s fire. Initial reports indicated the pets were missing. However, one cat found shelter in the garage and one was pulled by firefighters from a bedroom and given Oxygen with a pet mask at the scene.

As of Wednesday, fire officials said it appeared a dog appeared to have escaped, but had not yet been found. One of Nycum’s children said the husky responds to the name Serenity.