Fire ruled accidental
YOUNGSTOWN -- The fire that destroyed a 105-year-old downtown building nearly two weeks ago has been ruled accidental, fire department officials said.
Capt. Tim McGarry of the Youngstown Fire Department said the cause of the fire at the Youngstown Mattress Company Arts Center has still not been determined. No damage amounts are available because insurance companies are still investigating, he said.
The fire broke out around 6:30 p.m. May 22 at the center at 460 Martin Luther King Blvd. Many area artists used the building to display and create their work.
The department also responded to several structure fires on Friday night. Details were not available.
Three house fires
YOUNGSTOWN -- A family of three -- a 3-month-old boy and his parents -- escaped with minor injuries around 1:30 a.m. Friday when fire engulfed the front porch of their home, said fire Capt. Alvin Ware.
He said the fire at 220 Clarencedale likely started from careless smoking earlier in the evening, but the investigation continues. He estimated the damage at $7,000. The fire might have spread had a neighbor not seen it and called for help, Ware said.
Late Thursday, fires at a vacant house at 47 Kenmore Avenue and one at the corner of Fountain Street and Myrtle Avenue were purposefully set, he said. The address on Fountain wasn't immediately available.
Baby animal shower
ALLIANCE -- The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will host a baby animal shower from 10 a.m. to noon on June 11.
Baby animals from the area will be available for interaction at the center barn. West Branch Future Farmers of America members will assist.
Registration is not required. Participants are asked to park in the Visitors Center parking lot.
The Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street, just off state Route 183.
For more information, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.
COLUMBIANA -- The Way Station is working with Reclaimed Textiles Inc. to collect and ship athletic shoes to Third World countries.
Specifically, the agency is collecting leather men's and women's shoes size 8 and above.
Drop off shoes at any Way Station location: 769 Springfield Road, Columbiana; 9 S. Park Ave., Lisbon; or 614 St. Clair Ave., East Liverpool.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Westside Nosy Neighbors Block Watch will have its monthly meeting on at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Brendan's School, Room 103.
Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti, D-4th, will be in attendance to answer questions and concerns. New members are welcome.
House window shot out
YOUNGSTOWN -- A woman who has lived in the 400 block of West Dewey Avenue for more than 30 years with no problems told police that she heard four gunshots around 2:50 a.m. Friday and then discovered her picture window had been shot out.
She said she has no known enemies.
Police said they were unable to locate any physical evidence other than three holes in the window.
Improve your driving
NILES -- AAA's Trumbull County office, 937 Youngstown-Warren Road, will host a driver improvement classroom training program for AAA members and other interested seniors.
Class sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings June 14-23. An afternoon class will be available if there is sufficient enrollment.
Some of the issues the AAA program will discuss are how to handle near misses with other cars; how to deal with trouble judging distances; and having to squint to read road signs. It will offer updates on traffic laws and signs, explanations of new car technology and safer routes.
Call (330) 652-6466 for more information.
Weight loss celebration
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The UPMC Horizon Weight Loss Surgery Support Group will host a picnic for group members on June 14 at 6 p.m. in Hempfield Park.
All who attend should bring their own place setting, food to share and "before" pictures for a matching game activity.
For more information, call (724) 589-6642.