YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Investigators are looking into a suspicious fire that happened Friday morning on Youngstown’s north side.
Firefighters responded to the house in the 400 block of Norwood Ave. between Belmont and Fifth avenues a little before 8 a.m.
Thick smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.
One neighbor said the smell from that smoke was so strong, he thought his own house was burning at first until he went outside.
“I was smelling it stronger outside. Looked next door, smoke in the chimney — too much smoke in the chimney — and realized that it was out of control. Called 911,” Butch Baxter said.
It wasn’t long before the roof began to collapse.
Firefighters did what they could to save a garage in the back.
The house had been vacant for some time and its utilities, except for the water, had been shut off.