WARREN - A Parkman Road woman died Friday afternoon after firefighters found her unconscious at her home when they were called to extinguish a suspicious blaze at the residence.
Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle confirmed Lori Wishart, 41, of 461 Parkman Road S.W., was unconscious when firefighters removed her from the home. She died later at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
"She was unable to get out. It's a very sad situation," Nussle said.
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Fire broke out Friday afternoon at this house at 461 Parkman Road S.W., Warren. Firefighters found resident Lori Wishart, 41, unconscious in a back room where there was no clear exit. She later passed away. The cause of death remains unknown, pending an autopsy.
The began in the front living room and is being investigated as a suspicious.
The fire broke out at 1:36 p.m. in the front living room, and Wishart was found in a back area of the first floor where there was no clear exit from the building, according to fire reports. Crews had the flames under control within 10 minutes of arriving, the chief said.
No one else was at the home. Nussle said Med Star emergency personnel tried to revive Wishart while en route to a local hospital. He said the exact cause of death had not yet been determined, but he expects to know more after an autopsy is done.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The chief said two fire investigators from his department were working together with police detectives on the case.
Hours after the fire, investigators with the Ohio State Fire Marshal could be seen carrying bags of evidence from the duplex. They would not say why they think the fire is suspicious.
The Trumbull County Auditor's website shows a Jerald Wishart as the owner of 459 Parkman Road S.W. and a photo of the property clearly identifies the home that burned.
Nussle said that although the two-story house, which has been under renovation, is still standing, the first floor sustained heavy damage.
The building housed two apartments - one on the second floor that has been vacant and one on the first floor where Wishart was found. Scaffolding remained in front of the building used to install new roof trim and light-colored stucco around the second floor.
"But we believe she was living there," Nussle said.
He said neighbors and witnesses told officials there had "been some activity the past several days."
For example, neighbors said someone broke out a window within the past few days.
On Monday, Lori Wishart filed a report with the Warren Police Department stating teenagers threw apples at the house, breaking windows. She also filed a criminal damaging report with police on May 31.
On Thursday evening, Warren police arrested a 34-year-old Warren man at the same address, charging him with possession of drug paraphernalia and as a fugitive.
Tiffany Walker, who lives across the street from the scene, asked if any of the firefighters discovered a rabbit that Wishart took in as a pet recently. At least one firefighter said no pets were found inside the place.
''I heard glass breaking from the heat and came out to see what was going on,'' she said.
''I know some of this sounds suspicious. But no one deserves to die in a fire like that,'' said Tiffany's mother, Gail Walker.