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Mon. 3:54pm: Fires remain under investigation (photo)

July 8, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

Several blazes that kept fire crews busy the past several days remain under investigation today.

Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle said he suspects at least two fires - days apart at a house at 615 Sidells Court N.E. - were intentional.

"Sometimes these investigations can take time. But we are talking to neighborhood residents and anyone who might have information," Nussle said today.

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There were no injuries reported.

City fire crews were called around 5 p.m. Sunday to the Sidells Court N.E. - three days after battling a blaze there early Friday morning. Officials said the fire appeared to have started in the garage and then spread to the two-story house.

Nearby residents said a homeless man was living in the house, but no one was found inside.

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Fire crews extinguished a fire at the same location around 3 a.m. Friday. That fire also was mainly in the garage area.

"Several years back we had some fires in that same area, not necessarily on Sidells, but off Chestnut. It turned out to be a group of juveniles setting them," Nussle said.

Meanwhile, Nussle confirmed that insurance adjusters this morning were at 209 Washington St. N.W. to complete a separate investigation into a fire that gutted that house early Friday morning. Nussle said he expects his department's investigation into that blaze to be wrapped up within the next several days. The Trumbull County Auditor's Office website lists former club owner LaShawn Ziegler as a co-owner. Officials said the occupant, who rents the property, was not home when the fire started around 3 a.m.

Fires in Liberty, Warren Township and Youngstown are also being investigated.



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