Arson suspected in Youngstown house fire with woman, children inside

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman and three children were able to make it out of a home after it was reportedly set on fire, according to officials with the Youngstown Fire Department. 

Crews were called just after 10 a.m. Thursday to the home in the 300 block of West Marion Avenue.

“Somebody called from the house, said someone set their house on fire. We arrived, the house you see to the left here was a really evolved garage fire that got into the second floor and the attic,” said YFD Battalion Chief Fred Beehler.

Officials said they suspect the fire is related to a domestic dispute which began the night before. 

According to a police report, officers were called to the same home Wednesday night in reference to a fight with weapons. When they got there, a woman told them that her boyfriend attacked her, then began to spray lighter fluid on her and all over the home. 

The report says she woke her kids up and they left the house, and so did the suspect. Once he was gone, she went back to the home to wait for the police. 

The next morning, the home caught fire with her and the kids still inside. They all made it out without injury.

Neighbors told us they came outside and saw flames coming from the home and just began praying for the family who lives there.

Investigators do have a suspect who is not in custody yet.

The fire also damaged the home next door to it, which had a “Century 21” sign in front of it.

Beehler said that home may be able to be repaired, but the home where the fire originated is most likely a total loss. 

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