BOARDMAN - The fire that claimed the life of a 45-year-old Boardman woman on Monday started in a bedroom of one of the units in the apartment complex, officials said.
However, they said they will not be able to determine what caused the inferno at Mill Creek Village Apartments at 6849 Lockwood Blvd. until various tests are completed.
Boardman fire Chief George Brown said firefighters pulled an unconscious Shawna Carney out of her apartment within minutes of arriving at the scene just after 8 a.m. She was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where she later died.
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Crews battle a fire at Mill Creek Village Apartments in Boardman on Monday that claimed the life of one resident.
Carney's husband, Michael, was at work at the time, Brown said.
"It was very intense when we arrived, and there was a lot of smoke," Brown said, noting flames were shooting through the roof. "There's a lot to look at, tests that have to be done."
Fire crews from Boardman, Canfield and Austintown were on the scene.
Brown said the fire was contained in less than two hours and that 18 of the 36 units were heavily damaged. The building was evacuated, and residents of all units were displaced for the night, he said. Officials estimated residents of 18 of the units would be able to return home today. He said several units would need extensive work for anyone to live in them again.
Some residents stayed with family while others were lodged at nearby hotels. The Mahoning Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted at the scene by bringing food and coffee for firefighters and residents.
Brown said no one else was hurt.
The state fire marshal's office, Boardman Fire and the insurance company are investigating the cause.
This was the second fatal fire in the Mahoning Valley in the past week. On Friday night, Joyce Barker died in a fire at her Howland home.