LORDSTOWN - For the second time in just more than a year, fire struck a house at 2328 Carson-Salt Springs Road.
This time, the 3:30 a.m. Thursday fire destroyed the single-story structure.
No one was home, and no injuries were reported. Officials spent much of their day trying to contact the occupants, who have been out of town. Officials said they reached them later in the day.
Heather M. Kellar is listed as the homeowner on the Trumbull County Auditor's website.
Firefighters said frigid temperatures caused additional challenges because the water froze onto their uniforms and gear.
"The problem is that once the gear is wet from the mist of the hoses, it can freeze pretty fast in temperatures like that. No doubt it was very cold," Lordstown fire Lt. Scott Gearhart said. "We just leave all the hoses running to avoid any problems with freezing as much as we can."
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A Lordstown firefighter examines debris and remains at this house at 2328 Carson-Salt Springs Road that was destroyed by fire Thursday morning.
Gearhart said individual firefighters didn't have any physical problems or issues because of the cold. They took periodic refuge in emergency vehicles to warm up, he said.
Fire crews cleared the scene just after 10 a.m.
Firefighters said the house was damaged by fire on Dec. 12, 2012.
The cause of Thursday's blaze is under investigation. A damage estimate had not yet been determined.
Along with Lordstown, fire crews from Newton Falls and Warren Township also responded.
The blaze was one of several to keep local crews busy on Thursday. Firefighters were also called out to Kleese Excavating in Vienna, where fire destroyed a storage building at the business, and the former Severstal steel mill in Warren. Both of those fires were reported around 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.
On Wednesday, Warren fire crews battled a blaze at a home on Beechcrest Street N.W. The residents, an elderly couple, were listed in stable condition Thursday at the Akron Children's Hospital Burn Center.