WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren home is a total loss after a house fire Sunday morning — the cause of which officials are still investigating.
A charred exterior and exposed beams are just the visible signs of Sunday morning’s fire at a home on the 100 block of Logan Avenue NE.
“I was in my easy chair, and I saw the red lights. Then, I heard the sirens. I look out and there’s three firetrucks, cops down the street,” said Paul Niemi, who lives nearby.
Firefighters first got the call around 8:15 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, the only occupant was outside, but fire officials said there was a lot of smoke and fire on the second floor.
“My understanding is that it actually started on the exterior of the house, I believe, and extended up vertically, entered a second-floor window and then just spread from there,” said Warren fire Chief Ken Nussle.
At this time, it’s unknown how the fire started, but Nussle said the fire department believes it’s suspicious in nature.
“The state fire marshal is actively investigating that at this time, so no there’s no cause,” Nussle said.
No one was hurt in the fire, but Nussle said he believes the home is a complete loss.
“It’s a shame, because it’s been vacant for so many years,” Niemi said. “There’s four apartments in here, and he’s been making headway and getting them all fixed up. We were looking forward to it, because any vacant house on the street is just kind of an eyesore.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.