Editor’s note: The family was not home at the time of the fire. This story has been corrected. We regret the error.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — A fire late Wednesday at a house in Youngstown has been ruled arson. Now a mother and two children are homeless.
A neighbor called 911 to report a fire at 940 Brentwood Ave. just before 11 p.m.
Crews responded and found the entire front porch on fire, with the flames starting to extend up the side of the house. Reports say the fire started in the center of the front porch.
A family was living there, but they weren’t home at the time of the fire. The mother returned Thursday to take a look at the damage, which is estimated to be $12,330 — a total loss.
The Red Cross was called to help them find a place to stay.
A Youngstown fire investigator went back to the house Thursday afternoon and saw no accidental cause for the fire. He determined someone set it on purpose.
The investigator also collected some evidence to be analyzed in a lab and snapped some pictures of the debris.