Family picks up pieces after fire


BOARDMAN — Missie Smith spread family photo albums in the yard across the street from the charred remains of her house, trying to salvage the memories.

A Monday morning fire destroyed the house where Smith and her three sons lived.

Smith was alerted by two men who were staining a deck on Windel Way, which runs behind Tori Pines, and saw the blaze.

“We got the kids out, got the dogs out and got the cars out,” Smith said. “Everybody’s OK. That’s the most important thing.”

Jerry Jones and Mike Ciavarellaok, employees of Himes Painting Inc., Poland, said they heard a noise, turned around and saw flames.

“The whole back yard was engulfed,” Jones said.

For more, see Tuesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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