YOUNGSTOWN (WYTV) – The Youngstown Fire Department spent hours early Sunday morning, battling a two-alarm fire at an East Side business.
Just after 2 a.m., crews were called to Youngstown Auto Wrecking on Wilson Avenue.
When they got there, they found a front office and a garage on fire. At least one building with cars was a total loss.
Three different fires were burning through the buildings before crews were finished. One fire was in the second story offices of the front building. Two other fires burned in a garage behind it. Many vehicles were inside, and the fire chief said that part was a total loss.
About 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire. Their job was made more difficult by the bitter cold.
“The temperatures were frigid last night. And the fire scene became a sheet of ice. We did have firefighters that did sustain some falls around the fire scene,” said Youngstown Fire Batralion Chief, Gary DiTullio.
No one was injured. One worker said they will bring in trailers as temporary offices.
“The car lot is okay. Some of the used parts are okay, but the main building is gone. Offices are gone. And as far as I know, we plan on being back up as soon as possible,” said Joe Brletich of Youngstown Auto Wrecking.
The Youngstown Fire Department could not assess the damage cost until they know how many vehicles were inside. However, they estimate it could be a few hundred thousand dollars.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation