Crews battle flames and heat in south side fire

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Youngstown firefighters battled two kinds of heat early Thursday morning – the flames from a fire and the extreme temperatures outside.

Crews were called about 12:30 a.m. to a vacant house fire on Campbell Street. It was 75 degrees with 90 percent humidity at the time.

Battalion Chief Charles Smith said it was so hot they had to call for extra help.

“We gotta rotate crews in quite a bit to give guys relief and end up bringing another couple companies out,” Smith said.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire.

Neighbors said the house was vacant for a few years.

Smith says firefighters had to deal with the same conditions Wednesday afternoon when a vacant house caught fire off of Albert Street.

Both fires are under investigation.

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